I’ll admit that I am pretty darn excited for microbiology lab this semester. We are trying something new: students sample soil and water on campus and spend the semester trying to identify a bacterial species from their sample.
Update (9/15/2016): We did Gram Staining this week. Wow that was exciting! And most students were pretty geeked to see their bacteria under their scopes. We saw some rods (bacillus) and spheres (coccus) and pinks (Gram negative) and purples (Gram positive).