Carolina Biological Supply Company Brings New AP® Science Kits to Teachers at Department of Defense Education Activity Schools

Carolina Biological hands on science kits energize high school classrooms with College Board aligned resources to teach Advanced Placement® science courses as students investigate science phenomena

BURLINGTON, NC, Nov. 20, 2019 — Leading school science supplier Carolina Biological Supply Company, announced that this fall teachers of Advanced Placement® science courses at U.S. military-run high schools integrated the latest College Board-aligned resources to teach science with Carolina AP® Kits. Carolina Investigations™ for AP® Kits are specifically designed to meet the goals of the revised AP® curriculum. Carolina’s AP Kit series are built upon overarching “Big Ideas,” which provide the themes for an enhanced laboratory experience for students, focused on inquiry-based, student-directed learning. Carolina’s exclusive distributor to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Effective Communication Strategies, LLC, won a five-year contract to provide Carolina AP Kits, in addition to Carolina Kits | 3D™, for DoDEA’s 163 schools. The schools are located in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Puerto Rico and overseas in more than 11 countries. The Carolina AP Kits selected by DoDEA are for three courses:  AP chemistry, AP biology, and AP environmental science. The initial order was for 53 unique kits, composed of almost 7,000 units.  

After conducting an extensive search for new high school instructional resources last year, DoDEA selected Carolina’s AP Kits. There were special considerations for choosing Carolina’s AP Kits — Carolina Investigations™ for AP® Biology, Carolina Investigations™ for AP® Chemistry and Carolina Investigations™ for AP® Environmental Science — as Advanced Placement® course materials. The organizational framework for connecting knowledge from various disciplines into science set them apart from the competition. DoDEA required instructional resources for AP courses to be aligned to the College Board standards.

“Carolina Biological is honored to support hard-working teachers of Advanced Placement science courses at DoDEA to strengthen their rigorous curriculum with our rigorous College Board-aligned resources to teach over the next five years,” said Mark Meszaros, Ph.D., Vice President and Core Products Management & Innovation, at Carolina Biological. “We are excited to provide teachers at DoDEA with powerful resources that Carolina developed closely with AP teachers to anticipate and meet their needs. Carolina Investigations for AP kitswill bring inquiry into DoDEA’s school labs worldwide as they help students master AP concepts.”

Carolina AP Kits were selected by DoDEA because they use student-centered instructional resources to help students make sense of science and solve problems through hands-on work. The kits’ embedded assessments were also required to determine student progress and to enable teachers to make data-informed decisions to plan for differentiated instruction.

AP Kits Features
Carolina offers College Board-aligned AP kits in its Carolina Investigations for AP series to support teachers of high school AP courses. The three selected by DoDEA for its three-course model are Carolina Investigations for AP Biology, Carolina Investigations for AP Chemistry and Carolina Investigations for AP Environmental Science.

Each Carolina Investigations for AP kit focuses on one of the four Big Ideas of each AP topic. They offer two teaching approaches:  A guided activity and an inquiry activity, allowing teachers to tailor the lab to their classroom needs. The teacher’s manuals include detailed lab preparation and procedure steps, an inquiry activity experimental design template based on the scientific method, an inquiry activity grading rubric, and Big Idea assessment questions modeled on free-response questions for each course’s AP Exam.
Kits come complete with laboratory materials to complete the lab for at least 30 students and a comprehensive Teacher’s Manual and Student Guide. Each kit also includes access to a digital teacher’s manual for use with interactive whiteboards, computers, or mobile devices.

AP Kit Modules
Carolina Investigations for AP Biology Kits each focus on one of the four Big Ideas of AP biology. The kits are available in a series of modules, including:  Natural Selection, Cell Respiration, Transpiration, Animal Behavior, Exploring Mendelian Genetics, Transformation, Cell Communication and Quantitative Analysis and Statistics Kit.

Carolina Investigations for AP Chemistry comes in modules that explore:  Spectrophotometric Analysis of Food Dyes; Principles of Chromatography; Vitamin C in Fruit Juices by Redox Titration; Fundamentals of Calorimetry; Preparation of a Buffered Solution; and Concentration of Acetic Acid in Household Vinegar. Each Carolina Investigations™ for AP® Environmental Science kit focuses on four Big Ideas that relate to:  Earth systems and resources; ecological systems; issues and impacts; and sustainability and solutions.

Carolina Investigations for AP Kits are available now online from Carolina Biological Supply Company. Teachers can purchase the kits either as individual lab modules or as an entire series, as needed for their classrooms. Digital resources are included and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with internet access. The average price for one Carolina AP Kit is approximately $130. For information or to purchase, teachers and administrators can call (336) 538-6211 or visit

The Department of Defense Education Activity
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) ( serves the educational needs of the dependents of military and civilian employees by providing PK-12 instruction to about 71,000 students in 163 brick-and-mortar schools. Student enrollment varies based primarily on the deployment of military troops worldwide. DoDEA’s curriculum, resources, and student achievement scores on standardized assessments compare favorably to those of high-performing US public school systems. In North America DoDEA runs 51 schools located in seven states, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. In Europe and the Middle East, DoDEA operates 65 schools located in Germany, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Bahrain. In the Pacific, DoDEA has 47 schools located in Korea, Japan (mainland and Okinawa), and Guam. DoDEA also operates a fully accredited Virtual High School with teaching hubs in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific.

Carolina Biological Supply Company
From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company ( has grown to become the leading supplier of biological and other science teaching materials in the world. Headquartered in Burlington, NC, Carolina serves customers worldwide, including teachers, students, and professionals in science and health-related fields. The company is still privately owned by descendants of the founder, geology and biology professor Dr. Thomas E. Powell Jr.

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Carolina Biological Supply Company
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