Microbiology for Middle Schoolers

Term Fall 2020
Code BIO03
Ages 12-16
Instructor Dr. David Purvis
Price $475

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This course will begin with a general survey of the six kingdoms of life and their microscopic representatives. After a review of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structures, students will learn the characteristics of the larger animal and plant microorganisms, as well as those of members of the protist kingdom. They will examine microscopic members of the fungi kingdom, including the Penicillium molds and yeast cells. Working down in organism size, the course will cover the prokaryotic bacteria and then compare them to the archeabacteria. Students will discover the good and bad aspects of these microorganisms and will be able to understand their use in genetic engineering. In addition, students will learn about the unique properties of viruses, including their life cycles and why they are so difficult to combat medically. Special attention will be given to the flu, cold, and coronaviruses.

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from August 18th to December 1st

Assignments: Students will be expected to complete activities, readings, or experiments.

Student Support: The instructor is available by email.

Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be provided on assignments.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need a notebook for notes and assignments. Occasionally they may need to purchase certain easily-obtainable materials. Students will also need to purchase a printable microbiology workbook packet from www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Dr-Daves-Science.

Prerequisites: None

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