Bacteria Sampling

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Scholars explore the procedure for bacteria sampling in a virtual lab by first walking through a detailed step-by-step procedure of preparing the samples of raw milk and pasteurized milk, growing the bacteria, and comparing results. Then, they visit a milk processing plant and swab tanks to gather samples and repeat the experiment. Finally, pupils learn how to use the process of bacterial sampling to determine how many colonies exist.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as an alternative to the hands-on experiment to support visual learners
  • Introduce the concept of pasteurization, then have small groups research other applications of pasteurization in food science
Classroom Considerations
  • Computers or devices must have Adobe Flash
Pros
  • Teaches some standard lab techniques
  • Activity is engaging and interesting
Cons
  • None
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