Be a Microbiologist STEM Class

by  Long Island Science Center

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Bacteria, viruses everywhere! Why do some of them make us sick? Learn how easily germs are spread. Follow the path of germs using Glogerm and black lights. Fight the spread of germs by learning bacteria elimination techniques. A unique experience! There is an optional add-on to this program. We can mail a kit with a small blacklight and a seeded ball for an in class experiment. We recommend if you select this that you have access to running water and soap or hand wipes so students can wash their hands and see what is left even after handwashing. All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $195.00

Additional session booked for the same calendar day are discounted to $175. An amended version of this program is available for $150 per 30 minute session. This program can include an add on mailed kit that will allow you to show the spread of germs in your classroom, please allow time for standard mail delivery. The kit is an additional $30.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
ZoomWe can use the organizations platform of choice

Booking Information

Programs are available from 8am-7pm EST

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks out from your reserved date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks out are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Date rescheduling may be done up to 2 weeks before your reserved date. Rescheduling done less than 2 weeks before your date will be subject to a 10% rescheduling fee.

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Long Island Science Center

Riverhead, NY
United States

Today's students - tomorrow's innovators! The Long Island Science Center is a 501(c)3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)  Learning Museum with a mission to prepare young people for the challenges of a 21st century economy built on advanced technology and innovation. We have provided STEAM based programs to students in schools and libraries in the New York Area since 1995. Our programs have been delivered to more than 350,000 students.

We ignite curiosity, fuel creativity and unlock the passion for problem-solving and discovery with hands-on STEAM curricula, programs, and interactive experiences designed to cultivate future leaders and engaged citizens.

Education Department

Program Details


1. The educator begins the program by touching an object and then discussing what germs are.
2. Next, the educator leads a discussion about what bacteria are and how our body works to defend against harmful bacteria.
3. The educator does a small experiment to show how the immune system responds.
4. The educator then discusses viruses and how they differ from bacteria.
5. The educator will them use a blacklight to show the "germ contamination" on her hands with a special substance and light and show how handwashing reduces the substance.


- engage in a discussion about the differences between bacteria and viruses
- learn about why some bacteria and viruses are harmless or even beneficial while others can make us sick
- explore how germs are spread and what we can do to prevent the spread
- explore how their body fights off infection
- understand what proper handwashing techniques are and why they are an important tool for staying healthy

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function

State Standards

New York State
NGSS Learning Standards
PreK-6 Standard 1 Personal Health and Fitness