ERIC Number: EJ975791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Discovering Biofilms: Inquiry-Based Activities for the Classroom
Redelman, Carly V.; Marrs, Kathleen; Anderson, Gregory G.
American Biology Teacher, v74 n5 p305-309 May 2012
In nature, bacteria exist in and adapt to different environments by forming microbial communities called "biofilms." We propose simple, inquiry-based laboratory exercises utilizing a biofilm formation assay, which allows controlled biofilm growth. Students will be able to qualitatively assess biofilm growth via staining. Recently, we developed a biofilm assay exercise for a high school biology class and found success in increasing students' interest in biology and explaining ecological concepts. Because of this success, we feel that biofilm assay laboratory exercises would be an excellent addition to any science teacher's curriculum.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Student Interests, Ecology, Microbiology, Laboratory Experiments, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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