Urine the Know

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In this activity on page 5 of the PDF, learners compare water with artificial urine to see how urinalysis works. Learners use urinalysis test strips to test for glucose and protein in the fake urine. Use this activity to demonstrate why doctors examine urine samples to determine a person's health. Safety notes: Follow the safety notes described in the activity as well as Milli's safety tips on page 2.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Marking pen
  • Distilled water
  • Measuring cup (1 cup)
  • 4 disposable plastic cups (6 oz.)
  • Pediatric electrolyte solution
  • Powdered milk
  • 2 disposable plastic spoons
  • 4 glucose test urinalysis strips (available at your local pharmacy)
  • Paper towel
  • 4 multiple test urinalysis strips (available at your local pharmacy)
  • Measuring spoon (1/4 teaspoon)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Medical Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


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