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Diagnosing Diabetes Kit

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Become a doctor with this Diagnosing Diabetes Kit, and determine if your fictitious patient has Type 1 or 2 diabetes! Comes with a teacher's guide & student worksheet. Takes about 2 - 4 class periods (40 min. each) to complete. Read More

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Become a doctor with this Diagnosing Diabetes Kit! In this 3-part lab, you'll use simulated blood plasma samples and a glucose tolerance test to determine if your fictitious patient has Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

With this Biology kit, you'll first learn about diabetes, and the role of insulin, to create a patient information sheet about diabetes, the difference between Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and the glucose tolerance test. You'll then analyze simulated blood plasma samples from your patient's glucose tolerance test (measuring both glucose and insulin levels) and will have the opportunity to plot and interpret the data. Finally, just like a real doctor, you must use your collected data to diagnose the patient and propose an effective treatment plan!

Each kit comes with a detailed teacher's guide and a complete student worksheet. Additionally, aside from safety goggles and a few common household items, all supplies needed to conduct the hands-on activities are included. No specialized lab equipment is required - making it a perfect learning activity for all types of schools and homes.

Time to complete: 2 Class Periods (about 40 minutes each) with homework


From the Manufacturer: Active Inquiry, Ready-to-Go, Cost-Effective and Student/Teacher Friendly! This Science Take-Out kit was designed by experienced science educators who understand the diverse needs of teachers and their students. The Science Take-Out team has extensive expertise in curriculum development, classroom instruction, and assessment. All Science Take-Out kits are thoroughly field-tested to ensure that they are student-friendly, teacher-friendly, and meet significant learning objectives. These innovative and easy-to-use hands-on science activity kits are designed for use by individuals or small groups of students. The activities do not require any special laboratory equipment and can be used in any educational setting.



Diagnosing Diabetes Kit Includes: 

  • Student instructions
  • Teacher Guide
  • 5 simulated “Blood Plasma” samples
  • Simulated “Insulin Indicator”
  • 6 labeled droppers
  • Simulated “Glucose Test Paper”
  • Glucose and Insulin Test Color Charts
  • Glucose Tolerance Testing Sheet
  • What You Should Know About Diabetes and the Glucose Tolerance Test

Also required, but not included: scissors, tape or glue, safety goggles


Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Adult supervision required.
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