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Agar Art - The Art of Science

 Why do we have to wash our hands? Children discover what happens when they place the palm of their hand in a petri dish and observe the evolution of their hand growing-bacteria – ‘Skin Microbiome. They then develop their artistic skills on a journey of scientific discovery, witnessing their bacterial art grow.

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Skin Microbiome

The children did an experiment: they placed the palm of their hands in a petri dish and observed the evolution of their hand growing-bacteria – ‘Skin Microbiome’.

Agar Art

Some colorful non-pathogen bacteria were used as a source of “paint” to design living paintings. After the children have drawn their art pieces in petri-dishes, they incubated for 2 days to let the bacteria and the drawing grow – ‘Agar Art’.

This project was part of a South-East London Primary school’s curriculum week entitled ‘The Art of Science’. The workshops were led by a team of scientists, teachers, and a nurse; a photographer joined the project to immortalize the ‘living art’.

Credits Artists: Year 3 students. Teachers: Mr Patrick, Mr James, Miss Madga, Mr Rufus. Scientists: Inês Sequeira, Victor Negri. Nurse: Mary Tanay. Photographer: Dee Ramadan. In collaboration with Science Gallery London and with the support of Eppendorf.