Microbes Know How to Work!

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Scholars harness the power of microbes with an engaging activity that uses yeast to break down sugar in water. Multiple setups of the same experiment lets learners determine which temperature results in the fastest rate of sugar decomposition. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with a biology and/or chemistry teacher
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a variety of materials; see Materials section for complete list
  • Activity guide lists safety issues and troubleshooting tips; be sure to consult these before conducting activity
  • Second segment in a three-part unit
  • Includes a set of assessment questions to use as a concluding discussion
  • Lists a way to expand the activity to higher grade levels
  • No student handouts or materials