Family Science Investigation: Introduction to Bacteria
What happens to that swab after a doctor takes a throat culture? How do bacteria grow and what do they look like? Are bacteria bad? According to researchers at the University of Georgia, there are more bacteria on the planet than stars in the Universe, and less than one percent live in animals, including humans. So maybe it is time to get to know these creatures.
In this class we delve into the mysteries of bacteria – where they live, what they do, how to identify them. Students will learn to perform a standard Gram Stain, use an oil immersion microscope, streak an agar plate to isolate bacteria, and set up a soap sensitivity test. We will also discuss how bacteria affect our lives, from causing disease, to saving the planet.
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: Christy Flint and Deb Bailey, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab.
For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.