Kitchen cupboard science: Micro-organisms
21 December 2007Add to My Folder
Use resources found in your kitchen cupboard to investigate microbes
Kitchens provide an ideal focus for investigations involving both beneficial and harmful micro-organisms. You can cover science programme of study Sc2 5f by finding out about conditions in which dangerous microbes multiply and demonstrate how others can be used in food preparation. Louis Pasteur investigated the behaviour of micro-organisms in foods, while Alexander Fleming’s work on moulds led to the discovery of penicillin. (Access Activity sheet, ‘Medical marvels’, which contains information on Pasteur and Fleming, by typing its title into the ‘Find a resource’ facility online.) Help children to appreciate the importance of fair testing and gathering reliable information by learning about real scientists’ research techniques.
1 Going bad
Learning objective: To find out what conditions microbes grow best in.
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