What Microbe Are You? Marine Edition

This online “personality quiz” helps young learners understand the unconventional concept that most micro-organisms are beneficial; only a fraction are harmful. This activity matches the quiz-taker with the microbe that most closely reflects his or her personality. At the end of the quiz, students are assigned to their microbial matches, and the microbes are given fun code names to circumvent the challenge of pronouncing the microbes' scientific names. Teachers can include this activity as a fun way to begin or end a unit on life sciences.

What Microbe Are You? Marine Edition (PDF)


Intended Audience








Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, each learner will:

  1. Appreciate the vast abundance and diversity of marine microbes.
  2. Understand that most microbes are not harmful.


Student Background

This activity requires that students be comfortable using a computer and navigating through websites.



Diversity, identification, marine bacteria, microbiology


Supplemental Materials

What Microbe are You? Trading Cards (best if printed on Avery 5392 name badge inserts -- 3 in x 2 in)