The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:
Pak Lap - STREAM Teaching Facility Centre
Generally when you hear the word bacteria it raises negative thoughts and feelings towards it because we have generalised bacteria as a disease causing organism. But if you delve deeeper, they are more than just single-celled microorganisms. Let us introduce you to the diverse world of bacteria.
To explore how bacteria developed and became one of the earliest lifeforms on earth
To examine the different types of bacteria and their general structure
To investigate how we can differenctiate between the good and bad types of bacteria, explore the different techniques used
Be able to tell the difference between a range of bacterial types
Be able to describe the general structure of bacteria and explain the function of each of their structural component
Be able to stain a bacterial sample ad use a light microscope to view bacteria slides
Learning Content & Activities
Examine the structural characteristics of bacteria through a light microscope as well as pictures from electron microscopes
Learn how to stain a bacterial sample to allow you to view the specimen under a microscope
Gain first hand experience in using a microscope to view bacterial specimens. The ability to use microscopes is a vital skill in most biology related research studies.
This activity will make use of the student’s learnt knowledge, each students will have labels on their back, some with bad bacteria and their aim is to take the labels from other students and infect them, once infected their aim will be to infect others as well. This will give insights on how infections can exponentially grow if no preventive measures are taken.