Lab Materials

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.


Activity Materials

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 glasses (big enough to hold the egg and liquid)
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Corn syrup
  • Slotted spoon
  • Sticky notes
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • 2 different kinds of flowers (Recommended flowers for dissection: lilies, tulips, daffodils, gladiolus)
  • Camera
  • 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
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Salt
  • Tweezers
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Scissors
  • 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.