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Sam ’n’ Ella’s Café—Simulated Food Poisoning Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1764 

Price: $35.24

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Sam ’n’ Ella’s Café and Food Poisoning Simulation Kit for biology and life science initiates a lively discussion about the safe handling of food. Eat at Sam ’n’ Ella’s and determine how many people got sick.

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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. 

Complete for 30 students working individually. 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.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Phenolphthalein solution, 0.5%, 30 mL
Sodium hydroxide solution, 0.2 M, 100 mL
Bowl, polystyrene, white, 12 oz, 15
Cup, clear plastic, 9 oz, 30
Sam 'n Ella's Cafe, set of 5
Teaspoons, plastic, 30

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Engaging in argument from evidence
Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells
MS-LS1-4: Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively