A curious assortment of things is scattered around the room: a screenprinting press with paper and fabric craft supplies; laboratory glassware, including beakers, pipettes, graduated cylinders and vials of questionable cleanliness; and electronic gadgets with exposed wires and alligator clips. Amid all of this, middle school children and adults are referencing paper drawings as they use a variety of utensils—cotton swabs, paintbrushes, paperclips, inoculating loops, and tweezers—to arrange different color bacteria on Petri dishes. Their Petri dishes begin to resemble the designs they drew on paper, and they add a few finishing touches with bits of toothpaste, hand sanitizer…
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