Biofilm: A New (Gross) Thing to Worry About

Slime is fun, except when it is the glue holding together the bacteria that makes you sick. This video explains what biofilm is, how it works, and why it is terrifying. It also focuses on the illnesses caused by biofilm, the way it reacts to antibiotics, and the research scientists are still completing.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Diagram the life cycle of biofilm
  • Invite a dentist to speak about plaque
Classroom Considerations
  • If you have class members who are overly concerned about germs, have high medical anxiety, or hypochondria, the video might be a bad choice
  • Video encourages teeth brushing
  • Short and engaging clip holds pupils' attention
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