Kitchen cupboard science: Micro-organisms

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By Gillian Ravenscroftscience coordinator and freelance writer

Use resources found in your kitchen cupboard to investigate microbes

Kitchen cupboard science

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.

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Learning objective: To find out what conditions microbes grow best in.

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