The Human Microbiome.

The third graders spent last week learning about microbes, and how some can help us and how others can harm us. Some microbes cause illnesses – as simple as a cold or as serious as measles. Other microbes are good and help us to digest the food we eat. Some make useful medicine, like penicillin.
The students found out why recycling is so important when they learned that a plastic bottle takes from 450 to 1000 years to decompose on its own. Our question to explore was : How would scientist developing a microbe that quickly decomposes plastic benefit us? I wouldn’t be surprised if years from now one of these students invents/ discovers that microbe!!