So you think you’ve seen it all?! Did you know that of the 100 TRILLION cells living on or inside of your body, only 10 trillion of these are human?! That’s right. The remaining “universe’ of microscopic cells are bacteria, parasites, fungi or even other animals. Can you believe your body carries more living creatures than there are humans on the entire planet earth? Well, seeing is believing. And a microscope is a simple and fun tool you can use to look at the invisible bits of life in the world that surround you all the time.
Microscopy may be one of the most underrated but most important ways to identify invisible organisms, learn how they improve health and support larger life. Microscopes are used in biological sciences like microbiology, cell biology, pathology, botany or other research areas like medicine, geology, forensics, archeology, but can open the doors to every science discipline’s path. This includes hundreds of career disciplines like foods, fabrics and industrial materials research.
As part of this microbiology course, your child will get their very own microscope to participate in a variety of courses that are fun, hands-on and easy to understand. The best part is that this tool will come in handy for 13 classes and activities we will offer. The very first session will introduce your learners to the basics of microscopy and the starter tools to start playing and exploring immediately. We provide them with “how,” the “why,” and the “do-it” of the MAKER mindset to keep them experimenting with things around the house. With this tool, they will never run out of experiments to do, and won’t break the bank with their curiosity!
Microscopy 101: An introduction to microscopy
This section discusses the basic knowledge and study of microscopy. In this course, you’ll learn about your microscope and its individual parts, how it works and we’ll show you how to organize your home lab. Then you’ll use the scientific method to setup your discovery notebook for exploration of possible career paths.
Microscopy 102: The light and mirror’s magic of microscopes
In this section, you’ll learn how to setup your own slides, mount specimens and how microscopes use things like magnification, resolution, contrast and depth to see the microscopic fingerprints of different items. You’ll also learn how to start your own collection of mounted slides.
Microscopy 103: The anatomy of cells
All living things are made of cells that have to eat, breath, move and do all the same things you do to stay alive. In this class, we’ll look at a variety of plant, animal and fungus cells (alive and preserved) and their many working parts through a microscope.
Microscopy 201: Stayin’ alive - Learn how cells keep your body working
Animals are multicellular organisms, meaning that cells have to work together to stay alive. In this course, we’ll look at some of the special groups of cells that make hearts beat, muscles move, brains think, skin sweat, bones protect and more.
Microscopy 202: Are animals fashionable?
What are you wearing? Luckily you can change clothes to fit in different environments. Animals can’t, so they depend on one of four basic coverings (hair, feather, fur and scales) to live their daily lives. We’ll analyze each of them to see how they work for special conditions.
Skills Game 001: Solve the crime!
You’re a new investigator at the scene of a crime with no obvious answers to the normal eye. But luckily, you’ve gathered enough experience to use your microscopy skills and knowledge to complete an exercise in forensic science analysis. Using a crime scene overview with samples of evidence, you’ll use your microscopy skills to identify the evidence and solve the crime.
301 Plant anatomy: A root ‘n shoot ‘n good time
Just like animal cells, plants have specialized cells that work together to form tissues to keep each other alive. Plants have only three tissue types: dermal, ground and vascular tissue that form only two types of organs: roots and shoots. In this section, you’ll look at a variety of plant roots, leaves and stems to see how they work and how you can investigate plants in your fridge, house and lawn.
302 Plant anatomy- The birds and the bees and the flowers from the trees
Allergies anyone? Ever looked at what causes most seasonal allergies and where they come from? In this class, we’ll examine pollen, petals, pistils, peduncles and more. We’ll take a deeper look at the parts of flowering plants, how you how to compare flowers from your lawn or your living room vase and how to add their unique parts to your slide collection.
401 Insect anatomy: Buzz, buzz
Is there a difference between insects and bugs? This course lets you investigate the special features that make insects unique and why they need those parts. Learners will be provided prepared slides of different insect parts to mount and investigate.
402 Industrial microscopy – Every fiber of your being
Ever thought about what makes your face mask so special that it can catch a virus? This section will let you explore several fibers’ microstructure, macrostructure and chemical composition. You’ll compare single fiber types, look at their construction and get an idea of their strength and durability.
501 microbiology – Microbiology: a whole new world
In this class, you’ll learn about and see the main areas of the living microbe world. We’ll also talk about the effects of microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses on health, disease and the world around you.
Skills Game 002 – Chasing patient zero
There’s a disease outbreak. And it’s your job to collect the evidence to find the source and suspect that’s been spreading the illness. You’ll use your microscopy skills and knowledge to analyze evidence samples and create a list of most likely causes and suspects. Can you use your microscopy skills to track down the source and put an end to this all?