The Society for General Microbiology (SGM) has launched Microbiology Online - a new web site for biology teachers and technicians in schools and colleges. The site is packed with information and resources to support microbiology teaching at all key stages and post-16 level.
In return for completing an on-line feedback form the SGM are offering schools the chance to win either a World of Microbes teaching pack for KS2 or a bioreactor kit worth £105, which is suitable for KS3/4 and post-16. The closing date for entries is 19 July 2002.
Many free resources can be downloaded or ordered on-line including fact sheets on how to run safe microbiology practicals; sets of posters on food safety and microbes in the environment; and competitions for schools from the SGM and our sister body MISAC (Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee).
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