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Hands-on Activity

Too Much of a Good Thing

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will explore the potential dangers of overusing certain antibacterial products such as soaps, shampoos and other wash products.
Overview
Topic: Microbiology, Natural Selection and Adaptations
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of biological and evolutionary processes that lead to resistant bacteria known as “superbugs”.
  • An exploration of how genetic changes can create beneficial characteristics (known as adaptations) which allow organisms to better survive in changing conditions.
Objective
After completing this activity, students should be able to explain how certain chemicals found in antibacterial agents can lead to strains of resistant “super” bacteria and why this is dangerous.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 4 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

5-MINUTE REFRESHER

TAKE FIVE

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