Microbes on the Move - Virtual Event

Microbes on the Move graphic with a computer with microbes coming out of it

Welcome to Microbes on the Move!  This NSF EPSCoR-funded project introduces families to the diversity of microorganisms through specimens and hands-on activities.

Mobile Museum Exhibits

Explore microbial life through our specimen exhibit displays! Examine 16 displays, see illustrations, and try out action labels that connect microbial life with other life forms! If you require alt text (alternative text) for the website, please review this document with image and video descriptions.

Upcoming Virtual Event

May 1, 2021 - in partnership with the Topeka & Shawnee Public Library

Watch videos on the library's Facebook page (Facebook.com/TopekaLibrary) that feature scientists, staff, and students from the University of Kansas.

Join live Zoom sessions (listed below) with museum staff to learn about magnification, grow your own fungi, and participate in a fun microbe game!

Session 1 - Microscopy - 10:30am
Learn how to make a magnification tool at home, see a real microscope examining microbes in action, and lots more! Registration is required. Register at https://tinyurl.com/microscopy-1.

Session 2 - Fungal Plating - 11:30am
Learn how to grow fungi in a petri dish the way scientists do in a laboratory! Registration is required. Register at https://tinyurl.com/fungal-plating.

Session 3 - Microbe Trivia - 12:30pm
Review what you learned by playing a Microbe Trivia game! Use a smartphone, tablet, or second Internet browser to answer questions. Registration is required. Register at https://tinyurl.com/microbe-game.

Microbe Activities to Try At Home
Try out these fun hands-on science activities, two of which will be featured in the live Zoom sessions on May 1!

Winogradsky columns graphic with different cups of soil

Winogradsky columns are mini-microbial communities. Follow our instructions to grow your own!