Microbial Box 1

Microbes live everywhere, including outer space! Scientists have reported that some germs on the International Space Station can increase to a higher number than they do on Earth. Therefore, cleanliness and proper disposal of garbage is an important part of living on the ISS.
 
In this activity, teams will investigate the relationship microorganisms have with many of the products they use every day. 
 
Mission Question
How can I categorize life around me that cannot be seen?
 
Skills
Scientific Methodology, Communication, Teamwork, Problem-solving
Learning Objectives:
  • analyze microbial life based on research
  • investigate the relationship of many everyday products to microorganisms
  • examine the impact of microorganisms on daily life
  • discover that microorganisms have the greatest diversity of all living organisms
  • explain how microorganisms are beneficial to humans and the environment
Equipment
  • Shoe box or container
  • Zipper seal bag
  • Images or the following items:
    • Yogurt
    • Blue cheese
    • Swiss cheese
    • Slice of bread
    • Split peas or peanuts
    • Coffee beans
    • Picture of hot springs or geyser
    • Sterile, empty container of antibiotics
    • Sweaty socks
    • Vinegar
    • Plastic nose or image of nose
  • Per Student:
    • Copy of A Microbial Box Student Section
Time
 
Lesson: 1-2 class days

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