Resources

Contamination detectives

This is a classroom activity that demonstrates how easily microbes spread, and can even be adapted to teach aspects of infectious disease. You will need UV visible powder and a UV torch.

Resource: Contamination detectives
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18
Approach: Hands on classroom activity

Simulating phase variation in neisseria

An online tutorial that simulates phase variation in the bacteria that cause meningitis. This resource is also a good way to explore the nature of mutation as well as some extracurricular material. 

Resource: Take the tutorial online
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Interactive tutorial

Simulating phase variation in campylobacter

An online tutorial that simulates phase variation in the bacteria that cause food poisoning. This resource is also a good way to explore the nature of mutation as well as some extracurricular material.

Resource: Take the tutorial online
Age range: 16-18
Approach: Interactive tutorial

Microbiome simulator

This resource developed by the University of Utah allows students to visualise the behaviours of bacteria in response to changing parameters. Note: this resource requires you to install Unity Web Player.

Resource: Microbiome
Age range: 11-14, 15-16, 17-18

Drama with microbes

In this activity, students use drama to model science ideas about immune response to pathogenic microorganisms.

Resource: Sciencelearn
Age range: 15-16