"Students are so excited! The package came just before my honors class. I ran downstairs and grabbed it. I had given the lab to them as a homework read last night (we had also looked at it just before the holiday). They are thrilled." - Diana, Weymouth High School, MA.

Sample America's mission is to unite the students of America in a real search to discover cures for infectious disease through engaging classroom experiments. The Sample America project is a classroom experiment for middle school and high school students that invites students to take part in a much larger, very real search for new antibiotics. Each group of students will take a soil sample from their community and through an educational experiment produce a resistance profile- a number. This number will allow us to prioritize all of these samples from across the country in terms of their probability of containing rare bacteria that may produce a new antibiotic. The rest of that sample, once mailed back to Sample America United, will be used in an ongoing drug discovery pipeline to find a new cure for infectious diseases. With the emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria, these new cures are desperately needed. Sample America United aims to be a catalyst of discovery in this important mission while igniting a spark of scientific curiosity in the youth of America.

Request a Sample America Package
Your class can help us discover the next antibiotic! We are starting pilots in middle schools and high schools in late Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. If you are an educator interested in receiving a Sample America kit (for free) please email sampleamericaunited@gmail.com

The Lesson Plan
Please download the Sample America Lesson Plan to decide if this project would be right for your students. Download it here.

Sample America United Corp. is a non-profit organization that runs on small donations from people like you interested in educating young students and finding new cures to infectious disease. Please note that donations are not tax-deductible as we are in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.