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Discovering Movement and Chemotaxis in a Slime Mold Kit (with perishables)

(backordered: in stock 7/20/22)


Grades 9–12. In this 2-part kit, students observe 2 phenomena: cytoplasmic streaming and the locomotive movement of Physarum polycephalum plasmodium. Based on these observations, students make claims about how Physarum responds to its environment. They are asked to consider the mechanisms that drive the movement of Physarum and predict how it will respond to several different substances. Students work as a class to design a testing strategy to determine the effects of the 5 substances on the locomotion of the plasmodium. They use the evidence to evaluate their predictions. Kit accommodates 10 student groups and includes FREE 1-year access to digital resources that support NGSS instruction. Note: Kit ships with perishable materials included.

This kit builds toward the following Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS):
Performance Expectations

  • HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • LS1.A: Structure and function
Science and Engineering Practices
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Cause and effect

*Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of WestEd. Neither WestEd nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.


Shipping Information or Purchase Restrictions
  • Exclamation icon   This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items. Excepted Quantity - This product is/contains a DOT regulated hazardous material in an excepted quantity. This does not incur a hazardous materials fee. Orders shipping to HI and AK are subject to review and may incur additional shipping charges. This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery.
What’s Included:
  • Physarum polycephalum, Plate Culture 
  • 45 Sterile Petri Dishes
  • 9 Sterile Agar, 2%
  • 2 Oat Flakes Packet
  • 2 Sterile Paper Disks, Vial
  • 1 Cedar Oil
  • 1 1 M Sterile Glucose
  • 1 1 M Sterile NaCl
  • 1 1 M Sterile KCl
  • 1 1 M Sterile CuCl2
  • 11 Scalpels
  • 40 Transfer Pipets
  • 3 Autoclave Bags
  • 1 Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription)
  • 1 Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide
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Needed But Not Included:
  • 10 Forceps
  •  Resealable Plastic Bags
  •  Ethanol or Isopropanol, 70%
  • 10 Small Beakers
  •  Test Tube Rack
  •  Microwave or Boiling Water Bath
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