Microbes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly theater demonstration

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Microbes:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly theater demonstration

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To avoid using antibiotics and harming your helpful bacterial residents, see how an engineered virus plays the part of nanomedicine sheriff to fight specific bacterial bandits during an infection. Participants assume the identities of good and bad bacteria of the body as well as the bacteriophage (called “phage” here forth) hero that helps to destroy the bad bacteria. The audience compares the bacteriophage leg molecules to the bacterial surface receptors to simulate the molecular recognition that promotes specific killing of bad bacteria by bacteriophage. The Facilitator narrates the process in order to guide the participants and explain the terminology and mechanism. Program Time: 15-20 minutes.

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History and nature of science: 

K-4: Science as a human endeavor
5-8: Science as a human endeavor
9-12: Science as a human endeavor

Life science: 

5-8: Structure and function in living systems
9-12: The cell

Science and Technology: 

K-4: Understanding about science and technology
5-8: Understanding about science and technology
9-12: Understanding about science and technology

Science as inquiry: 

K-4: Understanding about scientific inquiry
5-8: Understanding about scientific inquiry
9-12: Understanding about scientific inquiry

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: 

K-4: Personal health
5-8: Personal health
9-12: Personal and community health

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