In this experiment, students will expose living yeast cells to three different sugars-glucose, sucrose, and lactose. The yeast cells should begin to utilize the sugars as a food source if they are capable of metabolizing them, and will begin to engage in aerobic respiration and/or fermentation. This activity allows students to understand that yeast may use different options for energy production, with varying degrees of effectiveness. A pH indicator will be used to indirectly determine the effectiveness of the three different sugars as a food source for the yeast. Kit contains an Instruction Manual and enough material for 2 groups of students.
Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*
Performance Expectations: HS-LS1-7, HS-LS2-3
Cross Cutting Concepts: Energy and Matter
Engineering Practices: Develop-ing and Using Models
- 10mL 0.5% Litmus
- 1g Dehydrated yeast
- 5mL 0.1M Sodium hydroxide
- 1 Glucose QuickSolution (to make 30mL)
- 1 Sucrose QuickSolution (to make 30mL)
- 1 Lactose QuickSolution (to make 30mL)
- 6 Plastic cups
- 2 Plastic scoops
- 2 Pipettes
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