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Biofilms for Babies: Introducing Microbes and Biofilms to Preschool-Aged Children

    Author: Jillian M. Couto1
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    Affiliations: 1: Division of Infrastructure and Environment, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland
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    • Received 14 November 2016 Accepted 18 January 2017 Published 21 April 2017
    • ©2017 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
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    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: University of Glasgow, School of Engineering, Infrastructure and Environment, Rankine Building, Level 5, Glasgow, G12 8LT, Scotland. Phone: +44(0) 141 330 6311. E-mail: Jillian.Couto@glasgow.ac.uk.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2017 vol. 18 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v18i1.1273
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    Abstract:

    Microbes are beneficial to life on our planet as they facilitate natural processes such as global nutrient cycling in our environment. This article details a 30-minute activity to introduce pre-school children ranging from 3 to 5 years of age to microbes and biofilms in the natural environment.

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Abstract:

Microbes are beneficial to life on our planet as they facilitate natural processes such as global nutrient cycling in our environment. This article details a 30-minute activity to introduce pre-school children ranging from 3 to 5 years of age to microbes and biofilms in the natural environment.

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FIGURE 1

The model microbes in various colors and shapes. A 30-cm ruler is included for scale.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2017 vol. 18 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v18i1.1273
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A sample petri dish (10-cm diameter) with model microbes embedded in agar that was used for sensory learning when opened, and as a ‘piece’ of model biofilm when sealed.

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Both panels show the model biofilm constructed by the children as part of the activity. Each petri dish was 10 cm in diameter. (A) The whole model was approximately 70 by 90 cm in size. (B) A close-up section of the picture in the first panel, offering a “zoomed” view of the model biofilm.

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