Vital Signs Chicago – Enzymes
Today, students learned the effects of how hydrogen peroxide is metabolized by the catalase enzyme. Before getting started, we found that they each had a general idea of what enzymes did in a chemical reaction, so we took it a step further and explored their effects on the function of the human body.
Throughout the experiment, they were able to see the effect of pH and on enzymes and what kinds of reactions can be made from simply changing the pH of a system. “It makes sense how your body’s pH being too high or too low could make you sick,” said one student. They’ve already begun making connections and applying their new knowledge to their own lives!