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Carolina EcoKits®: Biodiversity (with perishables)

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Grades 9-12.

  • Study the biodiversity of a simulated pond
  • Identify organisms using a dichotomous key
  • Calculate the Simpson index of diversity for different pond levels

Students create a simulated pond using 2 culture mixtures and then identify the protists and algae found in their pond using a dichotomous key. Sampling the top, middle, and bottom of the pond, students compare the biodiversity of the various layers using both species richness and the Simpson index for biodiversity. Kit accommodates a class of up to 32 students working in pairs and includes perishable materials when kit is shipped.


Shipping Information or Purchase Restrictions
  • Exclamation icon This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery.
What’s Included:
  • 1 Algae Survey Mixture  
  • 1 Protozoan Mixture  
  • 1 Plastic Container with Lid, 0.5 gal
  • 1 Timothy Hay, 7 g
  • 1 Soil
  • 1 Wheat Seed, 1 tbs
  • 2 Gridded Transparency Sheets
  • 100 Coverslips
  • 144 Microscope Slides
  • 70 Pipets
  • 1 Protoslo® Quieting Solution
  • 15 Microcentrifuge Tubes
  • 1 Carolina™ Protozoan and Invertebrates Manual
  • 1 Teacher’s Manual and Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  • 15 Compound Microscopes
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Ruler
  • 1 Thermometer
  •  Measuring Tools: 0.24 cup, 1 tbs
  •  Black Plastic or Paper
  •  Tape or Other Adhesive
  •  Source of Indirect Light (e.g., light bank or window)
  •  Springwater
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