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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.”This kit contains enough materials for 30 students working in pairs. An autoclave or pressure cooker is necessary to prepare the media in this kit.The availability of dissecting microscopes will make it easier for students to observe details in the growth patterns of the colonies.