What are Bacteria?

Bacteria are single celled organisms - humans, on the other hand are
estimated to be made of about 30 TRILLION (30,000,000,000,000 cells)!1

Explore the videos and activities below to learn about Bacteria and why they want your vote!

 

Bacteria

 

 

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Do you like to draw?

Check out this video to learn how to draw microbes with Julissa!

 

 


Does toothpaste really keep your mouth clean?

You bet!
Watch Jeanette demonstrate the importance of toothpaste and how you can test yours.

 

 


 

Ready to get your hands dirty?

Make a Winogradsky Column full of bacteria with John!

Click here for instructions.

 

 


 

Have you ever heard of E.coli?

 

Learn exactly what E.coli is and why it often gets a bad name!

 


 

 

Choose Your Own H. pylori Adventure!

We’re going to go on an adventure of your choosing! You have a tough job – you have to guide Helicobacter pylori to successfully infect a human host! There will be several important decisions along the way. Here’s how you navigate the adventure:

Join Jennie on an H. pylori infection adventure!

Materials:

Click here for instructions.

 

 

Swimming through Mucus...Yuck!

Grab some jello and pasta to see how H. pylori travels through mucus.

Click here for instructions.

 

 

 

Let's Make a Shadow Box!

Watch Sirena show you how it's done.

Click here to download the cut out patterns.

 

Did your elephant run out of toothpaste!?

 

 

Jamie and Will have you covered! Watch how they make elephant toothpaste.

Click here for instructions.

 

 

 

 

Time for some action adventure!

Click here for instructions to make a Rubber Band Cannon that is similar to how the H. pylori uses energy to transfer bacterial factors (object) into stomach cells (target)!
Watch the video here to see how it works!

Click here for the cut out template.

 

 


Research is important! Check out the source:

1. Sender R, Fuchs S, Milo R (2016) Revised Estimates for the Number of Human and Bacteria Cells in the Body. PLoS Biol 14(8): e1002533. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002533


 

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