Kids: Free Science Soil Testing Kit + Free Shipping
If your kids love science or you’re just looking for an educational project, then don’t miss this! Because, Universities are collecting soil from all 50 states to test and share results! So, kids of all ages can head on over and request your soil collection kit today!
What is it?
The Citizen Science Soil Collection program is an initiative designed to bring together biomedical researchers with citizen scientists. This is an effort to find new soil fungi from across the United States that produce drug-like compounds called natural products. Of course, natural products hold great promise for development into therapies capable of helping cure cancer, stopping the spread of infectious pathogens, and treating many other human diseases.
Citizen scientists have provided thousands of soil samples from their land. Then, investigators use them to uncover new fungal species that make natural products. Individuals interested in joining the program can learn more in the link below.
In other words, the purpose of this database is to provide a record of the contributions that citizen scientists from the fifty U.S. States plus D.C., have made toward the discovery of soil fungi.
Best of all, contributing citizen scientists can access information about their sample by entering its unique sample identification code (Sample ID), which is provided with your collection kit. Then, individuals can browse the dataset to learn about samples collected from their area by searching a specific zip code, city, or state. Simply click on a sample icon displayed on the map in link below.
Sample Collecting Tips
- Look for an area that has received minimal disturbance (such as beneath a tree, under a bush, behind a shed, etc.)
- Areas with visible organic material (leaves, moss, mushrooms) are great! Be sure to remove surface debris and scoop your sample from the top 1-3 inches of organic-rich soil.
- Fill out and sign the collection form that you receive in your kit. Please fill out completely; or, samples can’t be used.