University Studies

Astro Blaster

Cost each: $23

Used in first year physics, the Astro Blaster (aka seismic accelerator) dramatically demonstrates the Law of Conservation of Momentum. Students drop it on a hard surface, then stand back as the top ball bounces to heights up to 5 times the original drop. This item is not currently available to students, but it would provide a dramatic class demonstration on the conservation of momentum.

Program area: University Studies

Boreal Digital Sphygmomanometer

Cost each: $175

A sphygmomanometer is an instrument for measuring blood pressure. Currently, students use manual sphygmomanometers, which are accurate but also time consuming and difficult for students to learn how to use. Digital meters provide quick results, allowing for more time to discuss the meaning of the results.

Program area: University Studies

Compound Binocular Microscope

Cost each: $3,428

Microscopes are an essential teaching tool for all biology courses and are in continuous use by students. Many microscopes in the lab are reaching the end of their useful life and are ready for replacement. This compound binocular microscope has LED illumination and includes an eyepiece micrometer and eyepiece pointer, comparable to the equipment students will be expected to use at the university level.

Program area: University Studies

Explorer GLX Data Collection Interface

Cost each: $815

Used in the physics, chemistry and biology courses, the GLX data collection interfaces capture, analyze and graph data for lab experiments. Port Alberni only has three devices, and three more are needed to match the number of computers available, speeding the time students complete experiments and more time for data analysis.

Program area: University Studies

Mega Mirrors

Cost each: $590

Used in physics courses to demonstrate the principles of geometric optics, these giant convex and concave mirrors are useful for demonstrating the reflection and focusing of light, heat and even sound. Mirrors make demonstrations easy for students to see and understand, even from the back of the classroom.

Program area: University Studies


Cost each: $666

A microincinerator is used in microbiology to sterilize the metal loops that transfer bacteria from one medium to another. Students currently use Bunsen burners to accomplish sterilization. Microincinerators are the industry standard in hospitals and labs, because unlike open flames, there is no risk for explosive fires in biosafety cabinets, or of producing bacterial aerosols. Switching to microincinerators from Bunsen burners will improve safety for our students, and provide them with training and experience on up to date equipment.

Program area: University Studies


Cost each: $86

First and second year biology students conduct DNA isolation, amplification and gel electrophoresis techniques as part of their lab courses. It is expected as they move into higher levels at larger institutions, that they have had experience handling variable micropipets, an integral piece of equipment used in molecular biology labs. Sizes required include: 2-20ul, 20-200 ul, 100-1000ul, 1000-5000ul.

Program area: University Studies

Microscope Camera and Adaptor

Cost each: $1,966

A microscope camera allows instructors to set up a demonstration slide and either capture high quality images or project digital images onto a screen for group learning. The universal adapter makes the camera adaptable to all of the current microscopes in the lab. The camera set-up would greatly enhance in-class demonstrations and learning.

Program area: University Studies


Cost each: $1,285

First and second year biology students are currently using a procedure to detect DNA bands in gels that is not typical of the field and has low sensitivity. By changing procedures and using a UV transilluminator, students will experience a non-toxic and more realistic protocol for molecular biology techniques, and will receive results instantly, allowing for more discussion during class time.

Program area: University Studies