Microbes Ate My Homework

Now you have a new excuse not to do your homework. A long-term experiment has learners explore cellulose-digesting enzymes. They simulate how paper breaks down in a compost bin. There's no need to blame your dog for eating your homework anymore!

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Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, live stream the experimental setup through the school website
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have experience with enzymes
  • Activity requires 30 minutes to set up but several weeks for the paper to decompose

  • Includes a student activity sheet
  • Provides teaching notes for instructors

  • None