On Wednesday, September 16th, we held the Virtual Grand Opening of our new Equipment Depot location! View the event recording here.
Georgia BioEd Institute's Equipment Depot provides grade 6-12 teachers with laboratory supplies and equipment needed to prepare students for careers in the life sciences. We collect donations from companies and universities, and distribute supplies into the schools that desperately need them.
Our inventory has included pipettes, tips, gloves, gowns, beakers, graduated cylinders and other glassware, gel rigs, and microcentrifuges, to name a few. Although no Open House events are currently scheduled, please join our mailing list to be notified of the next opportunities.
Special thanks to our recent donors: MedShare, MediCapital Rent, Boehringer Ingelheim, Annette Ivey with Environmental Labs & Services of Carrollton, VWR/Avantor, Sorbtech, and ThermoFisher Scientific!
Why The Depot Exists
The Problem: While the life science industry needs employees with basic laboratory and research skills, 91% of teachers reported that the biggest challenge to implementing laboratory activities in the classroom is lack of supplies (107 out of 117 Georgia life science teachers surveyed!).
Just over half of Georgia’s middle school students have science teachers with the resources needed to teach effectively. The problem is much worse for students of Black or Hispanic heritage, as well as students from low-income families.
The Solution: Georgia BioEd Institute is providing professional development teachers need to improve their content knowledge, skills and confidence in implementing biotechnology laboratory activities. Our Equipment Depot then provides teachers with the supplies needed to implement these laboratory activities in the classroom.
How You Can Help
Contact Megan Heaphy email@example.com to get involved in one of these ways:
- Donate Supplies
Redirect the supplies and equipment that are landfill-bound, outdated, ordered in error, etc., including consumable supplies and classroom-appropriate equipment. See our wish list below. We can arrange pick-up or consult on appropriateness of items for classroom use, and can provide a receipt to document your charitable contribution.
- Become a Sponsor
Your support will help us maintain our storage facilities, employ a fulfillment center, and expand our operation to reach more teachers throughout the state. We accept cash and in-kind contributions. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.
- Make an Online Donation
Individuals can make a secure online donation to support our efforts.
We need help collecting and inventorying donated items, and staffing our Open House events.
What We Need
- petri dishes
- graduated cylinders
- conical tubes
- microcentrifuge tubes (0.2 mL, 1.5 mL)
- sterile serological pipettes
- sterile filters (Whatman)
- transfer pipettes (plastic)
- micropipettes and consumable tips
- agar (LB or nutrient)
- electrophoresis chambers and power supplies
- water baths and carousels
- heating blocks
- thermal cyclers
- mini microcentrifuges
- lab coats
- safety glasses
Info For Teachers
Next Open Houses
Although no Open House events are currently scheduled for teachers to pick up supplies, please join our mailing list to be notified of the next opportunities.
Our Open House events are for current educators in grades 6-12 only. Educators must register in advance for a 20-minute time slot during the Open House event. Registrants will receive a confirmation immediately, and directions to our site will be emailed one week in advance. Please arrive several minutes in advance of the assigned time slot to park and check-in. During the 20-minute time slot, participants will browse our shelves, pack their boxes (bring your own!), and check-out. Rolling carts are helpful in transporting boxes back to your car. Participants may take as many items as they like, however, please be considerate of other educators who have similar equipment needs. *Note, due to COVID-19, we will be revising these procedures for upcoming Open House events.
Items in the Georgia BioEd Institute Equipment Depot are for educational classroom use only and may not be resold or used for commercial purposes. Georgia Bio does not guarantee or warrant the functionality of the equipment/supplies or that they are free from defects. The equipment/supplies are donated as is. Supplies are available while they last.
Where is the Depot?
The new Depot office and warehouse is located just north of Atlanta in Tucker. Please join our next Open House event, or contact us to arrange a pick-up.
The Depot is supported by: