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Glo Germ™ NGSS

  • Glo Germ Classroom Kit
    Item #: GLO-210
  • With 6 1/2" battery powered light
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  • Glo Germ Group Presentation Kit
    Item #: GLO-200
  • With 21" AC powered light
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  • Glo Germ Lotion Refill
    Item #: GLO-220
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  • Glo Germ Powder Refill
    Item #: GLO-230
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Clearly demonstrate how germs are spread!

Description

Glo Germ is a fantastic product which safely and graphically demonstrates to students and adults alike how germs are spread. Used throughout the United States in schools, hospitals and food services, Glo Germ consists of an odorless lotion or powder which glows brightly when exposed to ultraviolet light. Perfect for your health curriculum.

To demonstrate proper hand washing, simply have students rub Glo Germ lotion on their hands. This simulates the spread of thousands of tiny plastic fluorescent "germs" on their hands. Then, ask each students to wash their hands as they normally would. Finally, a fluorescent ultraviolet lamp may be used to spot the remaining "germs". Under the lamp, the plastic "germs" glow brightly so that they may be easily seen by your students.

To use the powder to show how germs are spread through contact, shake a small amount of the powder into the palm of your hand and shake hands with several other people. Use the ultraviolet lamp to demonstrate that you have transferred "germs" to them.

The Glo Germ Classroom Kit contains a battery operated ultraviolet light, an eight ounce bottle of lotion, and a four ounce bottle of powder. The ultraviolet light runs off of four AA batteries and is approximately 6.5" in length (colors may vary). This kit is excellent if you want mobility, since it does not require an electrical outlet.

Similar to the Classroom Kit, the Glo Germ Group Presentation Kit contains an eight ounce bottle of lotion, and a four ounce bottle of powder. The ultraviolet light in this kit, however, is 18 inches long and runs off regular house current. Very large! Very impressive! This kit is good for an extremely graphic demonstration of how germs are spread. (Ultraviolet light runs on standard North American line current, 110 volts 60 Hz)

The Glo Germ Lotion base comes in an eight ounce bottle and is used to demonstrate proper hand washing. Each bottle is good for 75 to 100 applications.

The Glo Germ Powder comes in a four ounce container and is used to demonstrate proper surface cleaning as well as the spread of germs. Each bottle is good for many cleanings since only a small amount is used. p>

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18 reviews
Glo-Germ Liquid and Powder
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As an outreach presentation we no longer use the Glo-Germ because one of Duke's sister outreach groups MGM (Molecular Genomics and Microbiology) uses it in their presentations, often at the same venue that we are staging a presentation. We primarily have used it to show the washing of hands and how one person can pass germs to others through the shaking of hands. I've also seen it used at museums for the same purposes. Based on our usage, the liquid is all that is necessary but if you use the solution frequently, then I suggest you use the powder to refresh the bottle of liquid as needed. As for the black light, we purchased ours at the Party Store right after Halloween when all the items are on sale. They are longer and easier to use than the portable black lights and the room does not need to be totally darkened to see the glow. The only problem we've had with these lights is the cord shorting out when it is not coiled up properly for storage. Since they are so inexpensive this is not a problem financially but one should check for wear, especially where the cord enters the housing of the lamp before using. The Glo-Germ contains a fluorescent substance that when excited by the UV light the substance absorbs the energy, which in turn relaxes. The substance does not in turn gives back all of the energy as UV. Instead, some of the energy causes internal changes in the substance itself; the remaining energy is given off as a photon of light, which often is in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. These changes are almost immediate; that is why as soon as the exciting source of energy (UV) is removed the fluorescence ceases almost immediately. And no mater the frequency (above the threshold) the frequency of light emitted will always be the same (same color)!
Kenneth Lyle

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Quality Control Lab Supervisor
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Michelle Price

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poor quality light
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The light bar is poorly made and the switch cover broke off the very first time I tried to use it. Unless the room is totally dark, it was hard to see the "germs" I plan to contact and ask for a replacement . I would not recommend this light or kit for use in schools or other places.
Joanne Rader
Owner Response: I'm sorry you have had a challenging time with the light. We are happy to send you a new one, and if you are not completely satisfied we will issue you a refund.

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Glo Germ Fun Simulation
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I used Glo Germ to help staff in a lab understand how small quantities of material can cross contaminate other work areas. Easy to use. Fun and very revealing
Ed

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Dialysis Tech
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It was exactly what I wanted it to be. Thank you.
Linda Trenn

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Glo-Germ Lotion
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Works great under even the cheapest little UV flashlight. Really eye opening for kids when teaching how germs are spread or how ineffectively their hand washing are working. Worth the money as a little goes a long way.
Sharon

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lecturer
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Use this with my pre-service teachers and an NSTA lesson called Catching a Cold to show the importance of proper handwashing.
Jane

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GloGerm
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Excellent; just as expected.
Marvis Hinson

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Excellent Training Tool
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This is an excellent product. It helps to get the point across related to germs and the importance of handwashing.
Billie

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Handwashing Competency
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I am the QA Coordinator for our dept at work. I used your product to inservice my staff & to do competencies to show how under the rings, under fingernails ect do not get enough friction to clean. It served the purpose well. Next I plan to use on equipment that gets cleaned to show effectiveness. It is simple to use but serves well for all age groups.
Tammy Johnson

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Glo Germ
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I love this stuff and so do my students! Nothing better to demonstration how easily "germs" can be transferred and why washing your hands is so important.
Elaina

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Eye-opening!
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We used one bottle for a science fair and demonstrated it on about 100 people with some left over. We didn't use much because we didn't want to run out but it still gave a very good demonstration of how germs hide under jewelry and around cuticles.
Jessica Lay

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Glow Germ
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This product is amazing! I used it with my middle school students and it completely captivated them to see that even after washing there hands they still had traces of germs between their fingers and in their nails. It was a great way to start our germ unit and made them want to learn more.
Jennifer

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Wonderful item
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Works better than you can imagine!
Laura Koselak

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Great for health and biology
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I used this kit to introduce my bacteria unit in Biology and my students were very much intrigued. Great hands-on activity, literally! I also used it in my Health class to introduce our nutrition unit, in relation to cross contamination. Highly effective.
patyserrano

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Infection is Easy!!
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Great for teaching infection to high school students. Just use the powder, not the lotion. Plant some on your hands as you shake the kids' hands or on the classroom doorknob. Then shine the light and see where it has spread. Make sure to point out to your students the difference between glo-germ and lint though! We've even seen it on people's faces. I have a pair of UV protective goggles they put over their eyes so we can look at faces and not damage vision. I gave 4 of 5 stars b/c the lotion is ok for transmission labs, but the powder works best!
Mary

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Very Eye-Opening
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I've used this with elementary through high school students. It really makes an impression. Usually it takes about 3 or 4 handwashings before they get all of the 'germs' from the backs of their hands, around their fingernails, etc. 'Seeing is believing', and this makes a big impression. I have used the same kit for years; a little goes a long way. Very good buy. I used it to teach microbiology, anatomy, and forensic science, and it would be great for family and consumer science too.
Shelley Mitchell

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Hard to see
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It is very difficult to see the "glow" even with the black light. ...................................................................................................................................... ....................................**Educational Innovations Responds**................................... ...................................................................................................................................... We find that this experiment works best in a room with the lights dimmed.
Deanna Engler

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NGSS

This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.

Elementary Middle School High School

3-5 ETS1-3

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.

MS-ETS1-3

Students can use the Glo Germ Kit to analyze data from sampling student fingerprints to determine similarities and differences.

HS-ETS1-3

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.

Suggested Science Idea(s)

3-5 ETS1-3
MS-ETS1-3
HS-ETS1-3

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.

3-5 ETS1-3
MS-ETS1-3
HS-ETS1-3

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.

3-5 ETS1-3

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.

MS-ETS1-3

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.

HS-ETS1-3

Students can use the Glo Germ Kit to collect fingerprints/Germs and/or evidence of presence at a location.

 

* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.

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