Disease Detectives


Does Mike have meningitis?

What is wrong with Mike? Could it be viral or bacterial meningitis?

  • Perform simulated laboratory testing of cerebrospinal fluid to determine which disease is causing the patient’s fever and severe headache.
  • Explore the importance of vaccinations to prevent meningitis.
Assembled kits
Materials to assemble 10 kits - includes all supplies, printed labels, and student instructions copy master
Materials to refill 10 kits

Kit Includes

  • Student instructions
  • Fact Sheet: Meningitis
  • CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) Testing Procedures
  • Glucose and Protein Test Sheet
  • Patient’s White Blood Cells diagram
  • 1 tube of simulated “Patient CSF”
  • 1 tube of simulated “Protein Test Solution”
  • 1 strip of simulated “Glucose Test Paper”
  • Antibody Coated Bead Test Sheet
  • 1 tube of simulated “Nm Antibody-Coated Beads”
  • 1 tube of simulated “Sp Antibody-Coated Beads”
  • 1 tube of simulated “Hi Antibody-Coated Beads”
  • 5 labeled droppers

Also Required

  • Water
  • Safety goggles

Quantity Discounts


  • 1 – 9 kits: $15.95 each
  • 10 – 24 kits: $15.15 each
  • 25+ kits: $14.36 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $102.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $97.80 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $40.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $38.90 each

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Shop by NGSS »

Performance Expectations:

MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

  • Science & Engineering Practices

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence - Use an oral and written argument supported by evidence to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon.

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS1.A: Structure and Function - In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Systems and System Models - Systems may interact with other systems; they may have sub-systems and be a part of larger complex systems.