Fifth Grade

Champion Learners

Learning Through Skype-A-Scientist


Last week, we Skyped with a microbiologist. She specializes in skin, but mostly works with the antibiotic resistant bacteria known as MRSA. Some facts about the skin are over half the bacteria in the world needs oxygen and water just like us! Also, a fact is that bacteria can share genes so other bacteria can become resistant too! A scab has two layers and your skin has three. She also told us she holds experiments on mice. Probably the grossest thing I heard was that once she injected the mice with I don’t know what, but they just started to decompose and then die. If you get a scratch, cover is quickly so it doesn’t get bacteria in it and come infected.

By Ellie & Kyra

Last week we Skyped with Miranda Ridder. She is a microbiologist who studies MRSA. While Skyping, we found out some interesting facts! One of the facts we learned were that if you overuse antibiotics, they will become ineffective. This is because bacterias becomes immune to the antibiotics. The second fact was that MRSA is a superbug. A superbug is a drug-resistant bacteria. The final fact we learned was the structure of the skin with hairs, sweat glands, and blood vessels. Those are a few facts we learned.

By Kendall

For our science Skype, we did it with an amazing skin doctor, or almost doctor. Her name is Miranda Ridder and she taught us a lot about skin. Her job is a microbiologist and she works on MRSA. She told us a lot about what she loves to do at her job. She said she does animal testing on mice. She told us they are cheaper than rats. She said it is mostly gross, but she loves to solve what is wrong and what is right! She works on dissecting animals to find the diseases or what’s causing them to act weird or sick. That Skype was fun, and I learned a lot!

By Reese

Last week we Skyped with Miranda Ridder who is a microbiologist. She studies skin and specifically MRSA. We learned many things about the skin and bacteria and some viruses like the flu. Before the Skype, we watched a video that helped explain about MRSA. Things that were new to me were a microbiologist, and that some people can be born missing skin. This is very unfortunate. This Skype was fun and interesting. I would love to do something like this again in the future.

By Dimitri

BREAKING NEWS! Just in! We heard from a skin scientist name Miranda Ridder. She is a microbiologist and works on MRSA. She grows bacteria and injects it into mice to see how the bacteria spreads. Also, she might dissect the animal too to see what happens and see how the bacteria spreads. She also hopes to find cures.

By Chelsea

We had a Skype with a scientist named Miranda Ridder. She is a microbiologist and works on MRSA specifically. She works in Kansas and lives in Missouri. She answered a lot of questions and we asked a lot. She said she was working on staph. She talked about her job, about herself, and more. She talked about the flu and other sicknesses. She talked about what is in the flu shot, and talked about antibiotics and how they can help you. She also talked about antibiotic resistant bacteria and how it gets to that point.

By Ethyn

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