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Carolina EcoKits®: Biodiversity (with voucher)

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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 a voucher to request the perishable materials later at your convenience. Contact us or return the voucher at least 2 weeks prior to requested delivery date to ensure prompt arrival of material.


What’s Included:
  • 1 Algae Survey Mixture (voucher item)
  • 1 Protozoan Mixture (voucher item)
  • 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
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
Return Policy:

If for any reason you are not satisfied with this item, it is eligible for a return, exchange, refund, or credit up to 180 days from date of purchase. Restrictions may apply. Returns & Exchanges Policy.


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