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Innovating Science® - Introduction to Basic, Selective, and Differential Media

Introduction to Basic, Selective, and Differential Media

Product # IS3610

In this activity, students will learn about the different types of media that can be used to grow bacteria. They will predict which media will support the growth of different bacteria, then streak the different media with bacteria cultures to observe their growth. The bacteria growth will be evaluated to determine if students' predictions were correct.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A; LS1.B
Performance Expectations: MS-LS1-1; MS-LS1-5
Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Kit Includes:
2 x 200mL Prepared tryptic soy agar
2 x 200mL Prepared MacConkey agar
10 Lyophilized cultures of Serratia marcescens
10 Lyophilized cultures of Bacillus subtilis 
10 Lyophilized cultures of Escherichia coli
30 Tryptic soy broth tubes
40 Sterile petri dishes
30 Sterile pipettors
40 Cotton swab packs, 2/pk

DOT Info:

*"Next Generation Science Standards" is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Crystal Violet, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to

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