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Carolina EcoKits®: Matter Cycling (with perishables)

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Grades 9-12.

  • Create a model of a minipond ecosystem
  • Alter a parameter of a pond ecosystem, and observe the effects on the biogeochemical cycles
  • Learn how pond parameters relate to the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, water, phosphorous, and oxygen in an aquatic ecosystem

Investigate biogeochemical cycles at work in a minipond ecosystem. Students measure temperature, water loss, pH, and sample biodiversity each week. They examine water quality by testing levels for phosphate, hydrogen sulfide, and nitrite/nitrate within each ecosystem. They learn how this environment (and each parameter) links to the biogeochemical or matter cycle. Kit accommodates a class of 28 students working in groups of 4 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:
  • 4 Algae Mixture (Oedogonium, Volvox, Chlamydomonas)  
  • 4 Protozoan Mixture (Amoeba, Paramecium, Euglena, Stentor, Volvox, Chilomonas)  
  • 1 Timothy Hay, 7 g
  • 1 Wheat Seed, 1 tbs
  • 40 pH Test Paper
  • 7 Minipond Containers and Lids
  • 7 Pipets
  • 72 Microscope Slides
  • 100 Coverslips
  • 7 Soil
  • 1 Nitrite/Nitrate Test Strips (with additional color charts)
  • 1 Phosphate Test Strips (with additional color charts)
  • 1 Hydrogen Sulfide Test Strips (with additional color charts)
  • 1 Black Acrylic Paint
  • 8 Paintbrushes
  • 7 Vials
  • 1 Calcium Sulfate, 5 g
  • 1 Sodium Phosphate, 5 g
  • 1 Sodium Nitrate, 30 mL
  • 1 Teacher’s Manual and Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  • 7 Compound Microscopes (up to 400x total magnification)
  • 7 Graduated Cylinders, 100 mL
  • 7 Plastic Cups
  • 1 Permanent Marker
  • 7 Thermometers
  • 1 Fluorescent Light Bank or Sunlit Window
  •  Springwater, 5 gal
  •  Newspaper or Paper Towels
  •  Resealable Plastic Bags (for test strips)
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