Not all germs are “germs.” Despite their small size, bacteria are involved in a lot of areas: food production, plant and animal health, astrobiology, disease, evolution, microbial/insect symbiosis, bioremediation, and genetic engineering to produce pharmaceuticals and biofuels. In this 3-part series, bacteria, in all their terrorizing as well as life-saving forms, will be examined through a variety of hands-on activities such as streaking culture plates, Gram staining, and setting up biochemical and antibiotic sensitivity tests to identify an unknown bacteria. The series will conclude with a survey of new “rapid” methodologies on the horizon: PCR kits (using genetic patterns for identification) and Maldi-Tof methods (using protein signatures for identification).
Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!
Program Instructor: Deb Bailey and Christy Flint, Coordinators for Micro World investigate Lab.
Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form  with payment.
For more information contact Debbie Huston , scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.
All classes are made available through the generosity of a grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation.