Hello everyone !
As you might know, microorganisms are everywhere on Earth. From the deepest places in the oceans up to the skies, you can find life adapted to extreme environmental conditions. As an example, we can talk about Deinococcus radiodurans which survive radiation of 5000 Grays whereas humans can die from an exposure to a radiation of 5 Grays, or strain 121 (aka Geogemma barossii) which can survive and proliferate at 121°C !
But there are also more common microorganisms such as the ones that make the microbiota found on and in multicellular organisms. Stick your hand on a Petri dish and see which organisms will grow inside 😉
Without any more teasing, let me introduce you the third module of SSK :
In this module focused around the study of microorganisms, you will be able to improve your laboratory skills tremendously. At the end of the two weeks, you will have discovered several lab techniques, improved your skills in scientific communication and project management, and elaborated an individual 4-day research project (game changing, compared to the 1-day project of Thermal Wars module!).
During the project, you will learn how to find reliable bibliographic resources, design a protocol, prepare the needed lab materials and use specific lab devices to answer your scientific question. You will also improve your data analysis and learn the basics of statistics.. Finally, you will learn how to make a scientific poster to complete your project presentation in front of your peers.
If you are willing to do research or internships in laboratories in the future, I definitely advise you to follow this module as it is a huge source of experiences, both at a personal and professional scale.
And if you are more of an outdoor type, well this module ends with a field trip, where you will be introduced to the basic non-invasive methods that help us study the organisms and their interactions with one another and the environment. And all that in the Adriatic setting, so expect a lot of underwater experiences in the crystal clear sea!
I hope you will be as much motivated and enthusiastic about this module as me! It will be a real mid-term assessment of everything you have learned so far in the Science Survival Kit, and you will be really proud of your LabSprint OpenBadge!
Don’t forget, “les bactéries sont nos amies, il faut les aimer aussi.”
To find out more about the LabSprint module, please visit the SSK website.
Enjoy your day and take your microscope with you, even outdoors! 😉
P.S. Are you able to recognize the microorganism from the first picture?
Words of wisdom
“If you don’t like bacteria, you’re on the wrong planet.”