College Biology - Microbial Hunters

Written on 04/15/2020
Fox Valley Lutheran HS

FVL's College Biology course is getting a new focus! Junior and seniors will have the opportunity to join Mr. Stern's microbial hunters for hands-on research and the search for new antibiotics. 

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a major health challenge today, and there's concern that the development of new antibiotics will be unable to keep up with the rise of antibiotic resistance.

This course is in tandem with Tiny Earth, a network of instructors and students focused on studentsourcing antibiotic discovery from soil bacteria. Tiny Earth has grown to involve over 10K students every year, mostly at the college level. FVL is one of the few high schools in Wisconsin to offer this experience! By studentsourcing to over 10K participants, Tiny Earth increases the chance that their findings could become an antibiotic.

All findings from this class will be sent to Tiny Earth for further analysis. Students will also have the opportunity to make research posters, collaborate with colleagues from Lawrence University, and present at Tiny Earth symposium(s). 

Mr. Ben Stern attended a Tiny Earth training conference in Madison earlier this year. We look forward to seeing this course develop. What an awesome way for students to use their God-given gifts to directly contribute to improving public health!