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Carolina EcoKits®: Build Your Own Microcosm

Product Highlights
  • Students create a closed aquatic ecosystem
  • Great for studying biogeochemical cycles and ecological relationships
  • Includes materials for 32 students working in 8 groups of 4


Product Details
Grades 9–12. Using this inquiry-based kit, students create an enclosed aquatic ecosystem that allows them to observe biogeochemical and life cycles. Students observe this ecosystem, known as a microcosm, and identify ecological relationships. They are then challenged to find the answer to a fundamental question: "What factors can determine whether an ecosystem will succeed or fail?"

Product Features

  • Activity requires approximately 4 weeks to complete
  • Includes enough materials to accommodate 32 students working in groups of 4

Note: Kit includes prepaid coupons for 2 sets of living organisms that are shipped separately. Set 1 includes Daphnia pulex, Lumbriculus, and algae for a food source. Set 2 includes pond snails, Chara, and dwarf aquarium frogs. Allow approximately 12 days between the requested arrival dates for these 2 sets.


Shipping Information or Purchase Restrictions
  • USDA or USDOT regulations restrict this item from shipping to these locations: Alaska, Virginia.
What’s Included:
  • Lumbriculus Culture (voucher item)
  • Daphnia Culture (voucher item)
  • 1 Algae Food Source, 1 qt (voucher item)
  • 50 Chara (voucher item)
  • 12 Pond Snails, Medium (voucher item)
  • 9 Dwarf Aquarium Frogs (voucher item)
  • 1 Fish Food, 4 oz
  • 3 Aquariums, 1-1/2 gal
  • 3 Aquarium Lids
  • 8 Plastic Jars, 1/2 gal
  • 1 Plastic Wrap, Roll
  • 8 Pipets, Graduated, Nonsterile, 3 mL
  • 20 Rubber Bands
  • 1 Gravel, Aquarium, 5 lb
  • 1 Sand, Marine, 5 lb
  • 1 Aquarium Test Strips
  • 1 Aquarium Net, 3"
  • 1 Digital Resource Card
  • 1 Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide
Needed But Not Included:
  • 10 Springwater, 1 gal
  • 8 Aquarium Thermometers
  • 6 Plastic Containers, 1 gal
  • 1 Permanent Marker
  • 8 Colored Markers, 4-Color Sets
  • 8 Paper Clips
  • 8 Jars, Small
  • 8 Scissors
  • 1 Paper Towels, Roll
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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