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Students can use the Glo Germ Kit in an investigation to generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Students can use the Glo Germ Kit to analyze data from sampling student fingerprints to determine similarities and differences.
Students can use the Glo Germ Kit in an investigation to evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
The global passing of deadly germs, such as Ebola is a real world problem. You can scratch the surface of this problem by infecting your classroom with Glo Germ on the classroom door handle or other classroom surface students are likely to come into contact with. This Glo Germ is only visible under a UV Light; students are unsuspecting. Students can collect data to see how easily the spread of germs can happen. Coming up with an engineering solution is a viable application and activity.
Variations of loop, whorl and arch patterns are what make up the fingerprint. The traits of fingerprint shapes and patterns are unique to each person. Fingerprints are made when the minute ridges on the last digit of the finger comes in contact with the Glo Germ, then printed on other surfaces. Students can use the UV light to reveal fingerprints and possible identities.
Another application of the Glo Germ Kit can be used for inquiry activities, such as crime scene scenarios (CSI). By comparing fingerprints at the scene of a crime with the fingerprint record of suspected persons, students can establish the proof of presence and identity of the suspect. No two persons have exactly the same arrangement of the ridge patterns.
Students can use the Glo Germ Kit to plan and conduct investigations collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence, using fair tests in which variables are controlled and the number of trials considered.
Students can use the Glo Germ Kit to get the fingerprints of the students in their classroom. They can analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings. Students can also do similar investigations with family members.
Students can use the Glo Germ Kit to collect fingerprints/Germs and/or evidence of presence at a location.
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