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Try Growing Your Own Mold


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    Science Museum of Minnesota

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Try Growing Your Own Mold

This is a hands-on activity that uses bread and household materials to grow mold. Learners collect dust from a room, wipe it on food, and contain it. One to seven days later, mold has grown. Participants can post pictures of their mold on the Grow and Show Gallery, and look at other examples.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • bread or pieces of your lunch
  • plastic Ziploc baggy that can fit food sample
  • cotton swab
  • dust bunny
  • washed out quart milk carton

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Protists and Fungi
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Funding Source:

  • Science Learning Network Resource

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