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Medicines from Microbes

Produced by The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC), these resources help to put curriculum science in a real life context. The activities provide an opportunity for children to think about micro-organisms and come to understand that they can be both helpful and harmful. This approach makes the children's investigations more relevant and engaging.

The activities are set in the context of a biotechnology company that needs to investigate the best conditions to grow a mould that produces the active ingredient for a medicine. In addition to looking at the different conditions for mould growth, children must think about how they measure growth and report their findings.

The activities are supported by extensive teacher guidance and children's activity sheets.

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