Microbes and You Module
At both Middle School and High School levels, the Microbes and You module can be taught in one day in a 45-60 minutes period.
The Bio-Bus Program will supply all the needed material. However, we do ask that the classroom be organized into a maximum of six workstations with four to five students per station. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in planning your schedules around these requirements.
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For advanced classes we also offer a two day version – one day for the students to streak their plates, and another for them to read the incubated plates and discuss the results. We ask that times be scheduled on consecutive days, and be coordinated so as not to be broken up by a weekend; there can be one day, at most, in between scheduled visits. The time frame is critical because of the incubation time involved with the micro-organisms used. No pathogenic bacteria used in this experiment. All bacteria used in the experiments will be collected from the student’s direct environment. This advanced module will also demonstrate to students how different bacteria are able to survive and thrive on several different nutrients. Students will examine the biochemical aspects of bacterial growth, and how these impact pathogenic vs. non-pathogenic bacteria.
Where taught: Lab or Classroom
# Students: maximum of 30 per presentation
Time required for presentation: 45 – 60 minutes
Georgia Performance Standards: 7th grade S7L2 a, b; 9th-12th grades Biology SB1 a and SB3 a.