Resource Overview

The Microbe Cultures Project consists of two lessons that introduces microbes, the differences between bacteria, viruses and fungi and how groups of microbes multiply. They learn how microbes are cultivated in a laboratory, what petri dishes are used for and what they are made of. Students will also design and make their own petri dishes and use them to create their own microbe cities. This pack designed, for children aged 11-14, consists of two lessons and includes printable lesson plans that you can use to get your class making in minutes. Lessons include full step by step guides with images, downloads and links.


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  • Microbe Cities Project Resources (pdf-file)
Forming a custom petri dish

The Microbe Cultures Project for the Mayku FormBox consists of the following lessons:

  • Lesson 1 – Observing microbes in the Lab.
    Teach students how microbes are incubated and observed in the lab to study their biology and behaviour. Introduce some notable microbes and how these are useful or dangerous to Humans.
  • Lesson 2 – Design and create custom “Microbe City” petri-dishes.
    Go into more detail of how petri-dishes work and what they are made from. Task the students with designing and making their own “Microbe Cities” by designing a shape and turning it into a dish using the FormBox, before filling it with Agar and collecting bacteria samples to incubate.

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