What will you learn?
This lesson introduces how antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, providing a basis for e-Bug lesson on 'Antibiotic Resistance'.
- Practical activity where acids and bases in agar plates are used to represent bacteria and antibiotics and students test a range of antibiotics (acid solutions) on bacteria (indicator in agar base) cultured from patient samples and determine which illness the patients have from a list provided.
- Discussion activity encourages students to research relevant 'hot topics' related to antibiotic use today.
- Understand that most common infections will get better by themselves through time, bed rest, liquid intake and healthy living.
- Understand that if you have antibiotics, finish the course.
- Understand that you must not use other peoples or leftover antibiotics.
- Understand that bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics due to overuse.
- Understand that overuse of antibiotics can damage our normal/useful bacteria.
- Petri dishes
- Base Agar
- Hot plate
- Phenol Red
- Wax Crayon/marker
- Disposable droppers
- Hydrochloric acid
- Cork borer
- Test tubes
- Test tube rack
- Science: Working Scientifically, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation
- RSHE: Health & Prevention
- GCSE: Health and Social Care, Factors affecting health and wellbeing, health promotion