Lead your biology class on a cell-sized adventure! Emerging scientists construct models of prokaryotes, then design an experiment to properly grow a bacterial culture. They conclude the activity by viewing the culture under a microscope. Once they collect and analyze the required data, participants review results in a teacher-led discussion.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Allow class members to research the overuse of antibiotics and why this contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Let groups demonstrate their results in the form of slide presentations
Classroom Considerations
  • Take adequate safety measures while working with live bacterial cultures
  • Individuals should have knowledge of microscope use before conducting this activity
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Many strains of bacteria may be substituted with this activity, so long as safety measures are followed
  • Further research may be conducted, with a focus on nanotechnology application, for upper grade levels
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