Building a Winogradsky Column: An Educator Guide with Activities in Astrobiology

Deborah Bodony, Amberlee Chaussee, Bonnie Samuelson, NASA Quest

This 27-page educator guide is a NASA Quest resource about Microbial Ecology and related Astrobiology activities. Students will construct a Winogradsky Column to observe the growth of microbes in a column of mud. During this investigation students will develop a hypothesis, record their observations and results, and form conclusions. They will compare and contrast their methods during the investigation with those of the astrobiologists performing research in the field and the laboratory. It includes student handouts and assessment rubrics that may be duplicated without copyright restrictions.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Metabolism, Biofilms, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Activities:Field Activity:Importation of field observations into the classroom, Field trip , Field laboratories, Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)
Extreme Environments: Anoxic