The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

Programmes Details


Pak Lap - STREAM Teaching Facility Centre

KS3, KS4

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.


Programmes Objective

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

Skill Set Utilisation

Programmes Instructor

Mr. Adrian Heria

Mr. Adrian Heria

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Sheffield Hallam, UK), MSc Molecular and Cell Biology (Sheffield Hallam University)

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