University of Rochester
Summer Microbiology Academy
Microbiology Activity List

 

The Epidemic:


Grades 6-12


This lab creates an epidemic situation.  One student in the lab will be "infected" with a microorgamism, which is spread through handshaking.  Each student will shake hands with a limited number of students and keep track of each contact.  Each student will determine if they have contracted the disease by observing growth of the bacteria on a petri dish.  Students will then determine who initiated the epidemic.

Contact for more information:  Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, (716)275-8056

 

Normal Throat Flora:
Grades 6-12
Students will isolate and characterize microorganisms that grow in their throats.
Contact for more information:  Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, (716)275-8056

 

Determining the Amount of Bacteria in Food:
Grades 6-12
Students will use samples of raw ground beef to determine the amount of bacteria found in this food.
Contact for more information:  Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, (716)275-8056

 

Disinfection:
Grades 6-12
Students will determine the effectiveness of hand washing, using various types of antibacterial soaps, in preventing the
spread of microorganisms.  Students will also detemine the effectiveness of surface disinfectants.
Contact for more information:  Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, (716)275-8056

 

Surface Microorganisms:
Grades 6-12
Students will investigate and characterize the various microorganisms that grow on common surfaces.
Contact for more information:  Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, (716)275-8056