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Microbe Wizard Kit: Bread, Cheese, Fruit

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Have fun exploring the world of microbiology with the Microbe Wizard Bread, Cheese & Fruit Kit. Read More

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Have fun exploring the world of microbiology with the Microbe Wizard Bread, Cheese & Fruit Kit. Featuring guided activities and independent projects, students will discover and learn about microbes that grow in and on bread, cheese, and fruit. The Microbe Wizard™ Bread, Cheese, & Fruit Kit contains three Microslides® paddles (featuring six agar surfaces with two different types of agar), 10 pH test strips, and two CD-ROMS. The CD's feature an illustrated Teacher Guide, illustrated Student Guide, and Micro-Community Identification Guide, making teaching easy and learning about microbes fun!

Students get to sample and identify various microbes in bread, cheese, and fruit for demonstrations, science fair projects, hobby, or homeschooling. The material includes background information on each microbe source, various activities to sample and identify microbes, and student-designed independent investigations. The Teacher Guide also offers additional open-inquiry ideas (along with expected outcomes) for students to take microbe study even further.

Each section (bread, cheese, and fruit) includes its own Micro-Community Guide with microorganism descriptions and images to help students identify their microbial finds. The curriculum is in PDF format with interactive links to YouTube videos and related websites for further investigation. All Microslides® products also include a FREE app available in the iTunes store!

Microslides® are sterile, flexible, dual agar-bearing paddles with transparent outer viewing vial that allow kids to easily collect microorganisms from the air, soil, water, and surfaces. Paddles are ready to use, saving time and frustration, and do not require refrigeration. Just incubate paddles at room temperature; you ought to see growth results within days!

You provide adult supervision, computer access, and food for sampling.




Microbe Wizard Kit contents:

  • 3 two-sided agar paddles (microslides), one side with Trypticase Soy Agar (TSA), and the other with Rose Bengal Agar (RB)
  • 2 CD-ROMS, one containing the Student Guide and Micro-Community Guides, and the other with the Teacher Guide
  • 10 pH test strips


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