Course Detail: SLCT102 - The Secret Life of Microbes - (Middle School) IN-PERSON

Materials Engineering: Unveiling the Power of Energy: 

This course takes a dive into the world of tiny organisms that live in, on, and around us. Microbiology is the study of these organisms (called microbes) that can't be seen with the naked eye. Many people associate microbes with disease; however, these little critters benefit human health and have a wide range of industrial applications!

Students will spend the week engaging in hands-on activities, addressing some of them is conceptions surrounding the field of microbiology, and gaining a holistic understanding of microorganismal importance. Students will learn to view and stain (their own!) collected samples under the microscope, culture (grow) different types of microorganisms in the laboratory, test water supplies for harmful bacteria and protists, and analyze microbial growth using computational methods. These concepts and procedures are practical for high school-level (and higher) biology courses. Additionally, we will explore how biotech companies engineer microorganisms to our advantage (for example, producing biofuels and manufacturing human insulin) and potential careers in different fields of microbiology.

Concepts covered during this course include: This course is designed for students without any prior experience.

  • Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic Microorganisms
  • Microscope Techniques
  • Bacterial Morphological Staining
  • Environmental Sample Collection and Testing (AN OUTDOOR LAB DAY!)
  • Microorganismal Growth Measurements and Curves
  • Mechanisms in which Microbes Spread
  • Societal Impacts of Industrializing Yeast and Bacteria

Students are encouraged to bring their curiosity and excitement!

LUNCH: Students staying for full day or for both morning and afternoon sessions can bring or buy their lunch.  All students will eat lunch on Campus in The Commons, a small food court.

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