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Bacteriology Science Fair Project

Glowing Bacteria

Glowing Bacteria | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever seen something that glows in the dark? In this project, you'll explore luminescent bacteria, which convert chemical energy into light. You'll streak them on an agar plate and watch them grow and glow!


The hypothesis is that luminescent bacteria will grow and glow on an agar plate.

Method & Materials

You will streak luminescent bacteria on an agar plate, wrap it in parafilm, and leave it at room temperature for several days.
You will need a plate with luminescent bacteria, agar plates, toothpicks, and parafilm.


After several days, you should be able to see the luminescent bacteria glowing on the agar plate. This is an amazing observation that shows how bacteria can convert chemical energy into light.

Why do this project?

This science project is unique because it allows students to observe luminescent bacteria in action. It is also interesting because it explores the potential advantages of producing light for bacteria.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include using different types of bacteria or different types of agar plates.

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