EDUCATOR TREK: MICROBIOLOGY ON A MICRO BUDGET
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30
9 am – 5 pm each day
Fee: $25 (includes Saturday lunch and classroom materials)
Credit: 16 contact hours towards CEUs or EE Certification Criteria 3
Recommended for high school teachers
Based on their research on salt-adapted microbes (halophiles), Dr. Amy Schmid and Dr. Cindy Darnell have developed a program to engage teachers in current scientific content while emphasizing methods that minimize costs. During this two-day workshop (9am to 5pm each day), participants will perform low-budget experiments with high value, featuring a microbial growth assay with downstream mathematical and statistical analysis. Also included are other low-cost modules showcasing a variety of microbiology topics, including ecology, antibiotic resistance, DNA extraction, and bioinformatic approaches. So that participants can implement the learning module in their classrooms, they will receive activity kits which will include protocols and a coupon for purchasing a Halobacterium growth kit from Carolina Biological. This workshop content is similar to the “Microbes and Math” workshop offered in 2017 and 2018.