5th graders grow bacteria

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 5th grade class at Brandon Elementary got an up-close look at bacteria. Teresa Roe's PACE science class took samples of bacteria from phones, cafeteria light switches and bathrooms and grew it in petri dishes. The different samples from around the elementary school grew in petri dishes for about a month and a half.

The project was to teach students the importance of washing hands and to show how quickly germs can transfer. Interestingly enough, no bacteria was found in a water fountain the kids tested.