There are three labs in this course. The materials for each lab are listed below.
Lab 1: Investigating Microbial Growth
- 4 prepared agar plates or create your own using:
- 1 cup water
- 1 bouillon cube
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon agar (often found in grocery stores with Asian cuisine) or 1.5 packages (12 oz) plain, unflavored gelatin
- 1-quart microwaveable container
- Oven mitts
- 4 ½-cup (75 mL) plastic containers (snack-sized or mini food containers)
- Permanent marker for labeling
Lab 2: Investigating Cause and Effect with Data
- This lab allows you to choose one of three options. The required materials will depend upon which lab you choose.
Lab 3: Design and Conduct a Temperature Investigation
- You will design this investigation yourself. The lab includes suggested materials. The required materials will depend on your procedure.
- 3 eggs
- 3 glasses (big enough to hold the egg and liquid)
- Corn syrup
- Slotted spoon
- Sticky notes
- Ruler or measuring tape
- 2 different kinds of flowers (Recommended flowers for dissection: lilies, tulips, daffodils, gladiolus)
- Magnifying glass (optional)
- One strawberry (alternative soft fruit like a banana may be substituted but strawberries yield the best results)
- Ziploc bag
- Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Fine strainer or cheese cloth
- Dish soap
- 30 rubber bands
- 30 pieces of uncooked macaroni or spiral pasta
- 30 beans or corn kernels
- 30 grains of rice
- Two shoe box lids or similar sized trays
- 1 cup/250 mL measuring cup or scoop
- Two bags of assorted beans/seeds
- Bag #1 needs three distinct beans/seeds/grains/nuts. Suggestions: Three bean soup mix or combination of pinto, lima, red or black beans.
- Bag #2 needs a wide variety of at least 20 distinct beans/seeds/grains/nuts. Suggestions: Start with a 15 bean soup mix. You can supplement your bean mix with coffee beans, popcorn, rice, sunflower seeds, peas, and other types of nonperishable ingredients.