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What's On Us?! Growing Microbes in Petri Dishes
My students need 7 packs of nutrient agar plates in order to grow bacteria and witness the growth of microbes in the agar after swabbing mouths, doorknobs, coins, book bags, etc.
In order to start the year out strong, I want my students to be hands-on in the lab from the very first week of school.
Most of my microbiology students are seniors with a heightened interest in the sciences.
As a science teacher, I am excited to send them off to college with a deeper respect and understanding for the world around us. My microbiology students are some of the best students in the state of Mississippi by passing their state biology test in the advanced level.
Once we have received the agar plates, students will be able to divide their plate into 4-5 sections. With various cotton swabs, students will be encouraged to take a swab of their mouth, floor, book bag, door knob, window sill, hair, water bottle, toilet seat, etc. Students will wait two days to see how the bacteria has grown on the media. Students will be able to visually see colonies of bacteria on the agar. Students, before this experiment, may not have realized just how much bacteria is EVERYWHERE.
For the future doctors in my microbiology class, this project may confirm the calling to the medical field.
For the aspiring coaches or bankers in my classroom, this activity will provide team-building and communication skills. Please help support these students' education and future educations by funding this microbiology experiment.
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