In this activity, students observe billions of soil microbes and ‘see’ microbes at work as they soft boil an egg in a compost bin.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- discuss that soil is home to living things, including things we cannot see
- associate the heat generated by microbial activity with the heating of an egg in a compost bin.
Download the Word file (see link below) for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do.
Nature of science
Science is part of our daily lives. Scientific investigations can be as simple as placing an egg in a compost bin and observing what happens next.
Soil microbes are essential in the composting process. Learn more about composting Find out more about backyard composting on this website.