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Archive of SEPGuides (5.1.2017): KITS



“I feel empowered to implement new ideas into my classroom to excite students about science, and now have a community that can support me in this endeavor.”


“It is honestly the most beneficial program I’ve been involved with in 20 years of teaching. The curriculum and equipment are essential to what I do”.


SEP Impact


  • Five hundred teachers have participated in the program since its inception in 1990.
  • Each year students from 1500 classes use kits from the SEP Kit Loan Program approximately 35,000 times.
  • SEP provides over 70 kits on 18 different topics.
  • Teachers have used their SEP training and resources with over 400,000 students across Washington state.
  • SEP has a strong commitment to diversity and equity, and aims to make science and scientific careers accessible to all students.




  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Bacterial transformation
  • DNA extraction
  • Column chromatography
  • Molecular modeling
  • Fly genetics
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)

SEP Overview

The Science Education Partnership is a unique professional development program for secondary school science teachers in Washington state.

For over 25 years, SEP has been offering teachers direct experience in state-of-the-art labs, support in developing engaging curricula, and access to valuable teaching tools.

The year-long program includes:

  • An intensive 2-week Summer Session in which teachers work closely with each other, SEP staff, and scientist mentors to gain skills and expertise in molecular biology. This includes direct experience working alongside scientists in research laboratories.
  • Time and assistance during the session to develop a curriculum project that brings the research experience back to their classrooms.
  • Additional meeting times throughout the school year to prepare teachers for the experience, reflect on its impacts, and bring the larger community of teachers together.
  • Access to the Kit Loan Program so students have the opportunity to conduct hands-on molecular biology investigations.

Supporting science educators and building community networks. Teachers who participate in SEP gain skills and experience in science education that they simply cannot get anywhere else: in the labs of Fred Hutch. SEP helps teachers tap into a powerful network of peers that they can rely on throughout their careers. SEP teachers also gain tangible resources: teaching kits that contain equipment and supplies that many schools cannot afford.

Engaging students in current biology. SEP curricula combine engaging real-world scenarios with hands-on experiences to ignite an interest in science in students. The lessons help students gain insight into applications of the knowledge they are acquiring and provide a feel for what it would be like to work as a scientist.

Important Documents

Useful information for SEP Teachers regarding the Kit Loan Program.