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What’s Living in YOUR Shower? Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1752 

Price: $51.60

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In the What’s Living in YOUR Shower? Laboratory Kit for microbiology, introduce the diverse and fascinating world of environmental microbes “hiding in plain sight” with this fun hands-on activity.

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For many people, the thought of microorganisms all around us, all the time, is just gross—but it is a fact of life! Introduce your students to the diverse and fascinating world of environmental microbes “hiding in plain sight” with this hands-on culturing activity. Students develop sterile technique skills as samples are collected from different surfaces outside of class and cultured. The resulting microbial colonies are then carefully observed and diagrammed to compare and contrast their growth characteristics. Students discover that microbes, like people, come in all colors, shapes and sizes and indeed have unique “personalities.”

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. An autoclave or pressure cooker is required. The availability of dissecting microscopes will make it easier for students to observe details in the growth patterns of the colonies.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Nutrient agar, 10 g
Culture (petri) dish, 90 x 15 mm, 20
Recloseable bags, 4" x 8", 30
Swab applicator, sterile, 30

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Cause and effect

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-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.