Triangle DIY Biology: Community Citizen Science and DIYBio Group of the NC Triangle​ 

DIY Equipment

Gel Electrophoresis

Videos of gel electrophoresis are available!

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Long version (8 min)

Short version (3 min)


Instructions for Making a DIY Gel Electorphoresis can be found here

This includes the materials needed to make and run a DIY agar gel.

A video of the building of a Gel Electrophoresis apparatus done at the 2019 STaRS (Science Teacher at Research Summer) event at NIEHS is coming soon.

A good video overview of gel electrophoresis can be found here.


A Lesson Plan associated with the DIY Gel Electrophoresis is here.


Background on gel electrophoresis and dyes here.


How to order a Gel Electrophoresis kit and additional critical components (coming soon)

Kit includes:

1 gel comb

1 Tray

​1 12 well cell culture dish

25 grams agar-agar

2 electrodes

2 stainless steel wires

10 small loading pipettes

2 large sample prep pipettes


User needs to supply:

9 V batteries

baking soda

McCormick Food coloring



Magnetic Stir Plate

Building a Stir Plate out of commonly found items; based on an exercise done at the 2019 STaRS event on July 12 at NIEHS.


Assembly instructions

Video of an assembly of the Stir Plate (coming soon)