Virus & Bacteria
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine if turmeric can prevent the growth of bacteria which cause foodborne illnesses. [P] [P]
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Find out if bacteria enters a beverage when you drink it directly from the bottle or carton and if refrigerating would affect the bacterial content of beverages. [P] [P]
Determine where germs thrive in our immediate environment and what is the effective way to avoid getting sick by them. [P] [P]
Determine which is the best way to prevent bacteria from spreading after someone has sneezed. [P] [P]
Which parts of the hand are the most difficult to wash germs off of? [E]
Which spice inhibits bacterial growth best? [P]
The Effect of Various Antibiotics on Bacterial Growth [P] [P]
What Disinfectant is Most Effective Against Bacteria? [P] [P]
The Effect of Antiseptics on the Survival Rate of Different Types of Bacteria [P] [P]
What is HIV/AIDS [P]
Pharmacology Science Fair Projects & Experiments
E. coli / Coliform Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Bacteria
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine if human tears can kill an equivalent amount of Staphylococcus aureus as Bactine, Neosporin, Isopropyl Alcohol, and sterile water. [E]
Identification of Pathogen and Anti-Ebola Drug Targets Using Bayes' Theorem and Information Entropy [E]
Do spices inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria like E. coli? [P]
Determine if a Cownose rays epidermal mucus will inhibit three types of bacteria: Micrococcus luteus, Staphylococci epidermidis, and Escherichia coli. [E]
Extract antioxidants from natural sources and to compare their polyphenolic content by Folin Ciocalteau Assay, and activity by DPPH Assay, and also to determine their antibacterial properties. [E]
Are dandelions able to inhibit bacterial growth and have other health benefits? [P]
Research the 2009 flu pandemic (swine flu). [P] [P]
Comparison of Antigenic Drift and Shift in Swine Influenza Virus Strains [E] [E]
Will Colloidal Silver Work as an Antibacterial? [E] [E]
Investigating Antibacterial Properties of Leaves, Berries, and Bark [E]
Determine if Xylitol will have an inhibiting effect on the growth of Streptococcus Mutans. [E]
Determine Which Fabrics Will Inhibit the Passage of Bacteria [E]
Determine if by adding juices with possible health benefits (green tea, pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice) to antibiotics you then increase the antibiotics ability to fight bacteria. [E]

Which Mouthwash Kills the Most Bacteria: PLAX vs. Listerine. [E]
Explore the health benefits of red wine and chocolate through the growth of probiotic bacteria. [E]
The Effects of Herbs and Natural Remedies on Staphylococcus aureus [E]
Cyanobacteria [P]
Which Material Is Better at Blocking Bacteria in a Sneeze? [E]
Does working around sick people affects the amount of bacteria present on that person. [E]
Does Vitis Extract (White Grape Seed Tannin) Have an Effect on Escherichia coli (E coli) Plasimd Competency? [E]
How Clean Is Your Hospital? [E]
Which Bandage Inhibits Bacterial Growth Most Effectively? [E]
Determine the effectiveness of different concentration levels of select essential oils on the growth of the bacteria, Bacillus Cereus. [E]
Determine how common foods affect the growth of oral bacteria. [E]
How Effective Is the School's Disinfectant During the Day? [E]
Determine if drinking water from a bottle with either a straw or by mouth will contaminate the remaining water in the bottle with bacteria from the mouth. [E]
What is Avian (Bird) Flu? [P]
How to Prevent Salmonella [P]
Investigate Bioterrorism Medicine [P]
Which Method of Handwashing Removes the Most Bacteria? [E] [E] [E]
Find a simple and effective method to make a toothbrush microorganism-free before every use. [E]
Which contact lens solution will sterilize bacteria the best? [P]
Determine if footwear is an environment in which bacteria flourish, and if so, which type of shoes (leather/fabric) grow and withhold the most bacteria.? [E]
Rhizobia-genetic mutation and natural adaptation (Bacteria Evolution) [P]
Pharmacology Science Fair Projects & Experiments
E. coli / Coliform Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Bacteria
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Temperature-independent, inexpensive and rapid detection of Ebola [P] [P]
Rapid and Selective Detection of Viruses Using Inexpensive Polymer Films [E]
Transcriptional Regulators as Drug Targets for Treatment of C. glabrata Infection (prevalent in HIV positive people, and the elderly) [E]
Computer-aided Discovery of Novel Influenza Endonuclease Inhibitors to Combat Flu Pandemic [P] [P]
3D Structure of Powerful Antimicrobial and Potential Cancer Treatment Naegleriapore A [E]
Discovery of Novel Influenza Endonuclease Inhibitors to Combat Flu Pandemic [E]
Will makeup itself grow bacteria or is the the method of the application that causes bacteria growth? [P]
Determine which over-the-counter acne medications are the most effective at stopping the proliferation of E. coli [E]
Prove that it is possible to improve antimicrobial activity and cell selectivity in Tachyplesin I by modifying its structure. [P]
Investigate Biofilm Resistance to Antimicrobial Agents and Antibiotics [E]
Research mutations in the RNA of influenza strains such as H1N1 to determine whether the mutations follow a cyclical pattern that could be used to predict future outbreaks. [P]
Prioritization of Treatment and Vaccination Strategies Against Infectious Diseases: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach [P] [P]
Using bacteriophages as delivery mechanisms for organic materials to fight bacterial infections, and compare the results to currently used antibiotics. [E]

Development of a Real-Time PCR Assay to Detect the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus [E]
Transportation Networks and the Propagation of Novel H1N1 Swine Flu-like Epidemics [E]
The Antioxidizing, Antimicrobial, and Anticancer Effects of Tree Bark Extracts [P]
Does circumcision help prevent HIV infection? [E]
Why children brought up in sterile environments are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases and allergies than are children brought up in pathogen-saturated environments? [P]
The Effect of EtOH and Antimicrobial Peptide RP-1 on Apoptosis in Various Pathogenic Microbes [E]
Potential Celecoxib-induced Cerebrovascular Signaling Alterations in HIV Patients [E]
Is Beta Glucan and Echinacea safe to administer to AIDS sufferers in third world countries? [P]
An Investigation into the Patterns of the Spread of Infectious Disease [E]
Determining the Presence of Chlamydophila pneumoniae in the San Joaquin Valley via Development of a Real Time PCR [E]
Wolbachia: A Potential WMD for West Nile Virus [E]
The development of a plant-based vaccine against SARS-CoV [P]
Effects of Curry and Other Common Foods on the Growth of Oral Bacteria [E]
Roles of Auxotrophic Markers in Candida albicans Virulence [E]
What Is a Virus? [P]
The West Nile Virus - General Information [P]
Pharmacology Science Fair Projects & Experiments
E. coli / Coliform Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Bacteria
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