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PBL Unit: Kombucha (Parts 1-3)

Students will explore a variety of concepts related to kombucha through a 3-Part Series.






16 class periods

active lab time:




- Explain how kombucha is made using concepts of metabolic reactions (fermentation), microbial diversity, ecosystems and symbiosis
- Explain how kombucha becomes carbonated (both the actual process and on a particulate-level)
- Use learned concepts to explore kombucha in a way that is personally meaningful and interesting

science concepts:

microbes, fermentation, cycling of matter, ecosystems, gas, pressure

essential questions:

- How is kombucha made and carbonated?
- What occurs as the kombucha ferments and why?
- How can we design an experiment to explore how factors impact the kombucha process and product?

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