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How To Do A Moss Safari With The Moss Safari Kit By EduLab

How To Do A Moss Safari With The Moss Safari Kit By EduLab

Dr. Andy Chandler-Grevatt and founder of Moss Safari demonstrates how to conduct your very own Moss Safari, using the Moss Safari Kit from EduLab.

EduLab has collaborated with Moss Safari to bring all the excitement and wonder from the online and in-person expeditions, led by Dr. Andy Chandler-Grevatt, into a fun-packed explorer kit that spans the primary curriculum in science, maths, and English.

Identify the microscopic ‘Big Five’ and learn more about these remarkable multicellular organisms with distinctive characteristics that bewilder the imagination. The kit, designed to complement the upper-primary curriculum, facilitates a seamless integration of in-person and virtual tours, which are still available and can be used in conjunction with this new kit.

This mossy adventure offers a comprehensive learning experience that extends beyond the classroom, allowing students to explore the microscopic world at their own pace. The Moss Safari Kit contains everything (except an easily found local moss specimen) to conduct your own Moss Safari for up to 3 pairs of students (6 students total).

You will need:

Method:

  1. Find a Sample of Moss: Embark on a little outdoor adventure! Look for moss that has fallen from a roof, or is growing on low walls or between paving slabs. Remember, safety first—don’t take risks trying to collect moss from high or hard-to-reach spots.
  2. Soak the Moss Sample: Place your moss sample in a shallow dish and cover it with mineral water. If your moss is very dry, give it a good soak for at least 48 hours to rehydrate it properly.
  3. Prepare the Filter Paper and Funnel: Grab a funnel and set it in a beaker. Then, fold a piece of filter paper and place it inside the funnel. This will be ready to catch the moss water later.
  4. Squeeze the Soaked Moss: Use tweezers to agitate the moss gently. Then, pick up the moss and squeeze it over the shallow dish to extract the water and any organisms hiding within. Wearing plastic gloves is a good idea, especially if you have any cuts on your hands.
  5. Filter the Moss Squeeze Water: Carefully pour the water squeezed from the moss into the filter paper in the funnel. Let it drip through into the beaker below.
  6. Use a Pipette to Collect the Last Drops: Before all the water filters through, use a pipette to suck up the last millilitre of moss water and any tiny ‘bits’ that may have settled at the bottom.
  7. Prepare the Microscope Slide: Place a single drop of the moss water onto a concave glass microscope slide.
  8. Observe Under the Microscope: Gently place a glass cover slip over the droplet on the slide. Start observing your sample under the lowest magnification of your microscope and see what fascinating microorganisms you can find!

Don your explorer’s hat and check out the kits via EduLab.com – want to learn more about Moss Safari? Read our What’s It All About article.

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