Smoothies for Science

Students DAnn Koebke, Joy Henson Walton, and Anna Kurtz prepare smoothies to sell.

Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus.  What do these bacteria have in common?  These were the bacteria used to produce the yogurt culture Madison East’s MA212 Microbiology class had on display for other students, staff and faculty to see and smell as they sold smoothies in the student commons on Monday, November 21st to raise funds for Sherman Middle School’s science department.

Throughout the quarter the Microbiology class learned about certain bacteria some of which were probiotics and the importance of how they play a big part in our health, especially our immune system.  As they served up their smoothies, they shared information about microorganisms that help culture milk into yogurt.  Students in the class had produced posters, brochures, and even some plush bacilli bacteria that they used to share information with others.

After just two short hours, the students raised $100 for Sherman Middle School.  Instructor Dan Goplin said, “We are trying to raise enough funds to buy them a microscope camera to enhance the learning process and environment over there.  I was really happy how the Globe students really took to helping out other Sherman students and ecstatic about the money that was raised.”