Although microorganisms live very comfortably on and/or in almost everything imaginable, most people do not give that fact a second thought when they go out to eat. Initiate a lively discussion about the safe handling of food, after students “eat” a buffet meal at Sam 'n Ella's Café and participate in a true-to-life simulation. Once food from each of six food categories has been selected by each student, the “food” (water) on their plates (cups) is tested to determine who and how many people are “sick.” Then, students play the role of food detectives to determine which food is contaminated and which “bacterium” may have caused the illnesses.
This kit contains enough materials for 30 students. No living bacteria are used and no real food poisoning will result from this activity. Testing the “food” for contaminants involves detecting the presence of a base (the food “contaminant”) using a pH color indicator.
Additional ResourcesNo Additional Resources at the time.
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 931
Flinn Middle School Catalog/Reference Manual Page 525
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