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Bacteriophage Class

Project Title:

Organisation: Singapore Science Centre
Mentor(s): Charissa Lin
Group Members: Lorenzo Ong
                         Casper Ng
                         Par Qi Ting

Brief description of the project

 Viruses are unable to replicate on their own, they need to hijack a host cell’s replication mechanism to multiply. Students will assist in the development of a class on viral infection for upper secondary and JC level, through the study of bacteriophage. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. Students will carry out experiments to develop a protocol to demonstrate how viruses infect bacteria and transfer their genes to the bacteria.  Through this, students will also be able to learn many laboratory techniques involved in microbiology.

Our group has to develop a class to teach JC students on the subject of bacteriophage and how they infect bacteria. We are to come up with…

1.     A lesson plan (Teacher’s use)

2.     Student’s Guide

3.     Presentation slides

…to engage students in a series of experiments while at the same time having fun learning more about the subject.

Besides these, we helped the lab technician Ms Denyse Beh to prepare both labs for lessons, which would mostly consist of us setting up the apparatus for the class, after which we would sit in for some of the lessons and clean up the lab after each class. During the second last week of our attachment, we also did volunteer work - setting up a booth teaching visitors how to spin plates with a stick. [The pictures can be found in our gallery]

SNAPshots of our work done:

 1. Our powerpoint slides are available for download at the attachments area.

 2. Images found in the students' handout

 Please Click to enlarge :D

 Shots of our Students' handout


3 content/knowledge skills WE learnt:
  1. Lab techniques: How to use micropipettes with caution and Sterilising techniques (with bunsen burners, ethanol, gloves)
  2. Content knowledge: How bacteriophage enables the transfer of DNA from one bacteria (e.g. E.coli) to another and the two life cycles of viruses (lytic and lysogenic)
  3. Skills: We learnt how to plan a lesson so that students who have no foundation in the topic can be engaged and things to watch out for while planning
  4. Work life: During our time spent here, we have gone 'behind the scenes' and spent a lot of time observing the educators here doing work, as well as 
2 interesting aspects of OUR learning:
1 take-away for life:
You'll never learn if you never make mistakes.




1002 Par Qi Ting,
Feb 1, 2010, 2:51 AM