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NASA AMES: Grow Your Own Microbial Mats

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Looking for an activity that demonstrates the sulfur cycle and introduces your students to diverse types of prokaryotes? This kit allows students to observe layers of microbes by growing their own microbial mat. They learn about the biogeochemical sulfur cycle and draw connections between the sulfur cycle and microbial activity in the microbial mats. Students share their individual observations and discoveries with classmates, and gain experience in slide making and microscopy. For a classroom of 30 students working in groups of 3; conducted weekly for 4 weeks.


What’s Included:
  • 1 Cyanobacteria Mixed Culture
  • 10 Plastic Culture Vessels with Lids
  • 10 Jumbo Pipets
  • 1 Sand, 10 lbs
  • 1 Calcium Sulfate, 5 g
  • 10 Rulers, 6 in
  • 10 Protozoa Pond Mystery Mix
  • 100 Coverslips
  • 36 Microscope Slides
  • 1 Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  • 10 Permanent Markers
  • 10 Water Cups (paper or plastic)
  • 1 Electronic Balance (accurate to 0.1 g)
  • 1 Scoop
  •  Springwater
  •  Weigh Boats
  •  Safety Goggles
  •  Latex Gloves
  •  Kimwipes® Cleaning Tissue (paper towels may be substituted)
  •  Compound Microscopes (with a 400x objective)
  •  Tape
  •  Index Cards
  •  Source(s) of Information about Aquatic Microorganisms
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