Through the Microscope
|Previously Offered||ALE, NRS,LAJ, NUE, SAN, WLA, STP, WIN|
From the CTY Course Catalog:
Today’s 3D microscopes that can capture the nerve connections in a brain are a far cry from the magnifying lenses ground by hand in the 13th century. Yet both share a place in scientists’ fascination with the microscopic world. In this course, you’ll examine and compare living unicellular and multi-cellular organisms such as algae, elodea, rotifers, and paramecia, and learn to differentiate between bacterial, animal, and plant cells. You and your classmates will get comfortable doing laboratory tasks like staining, preparing wet mounts, extracting DNA, inoculation, building models, and writing lab reports while examining atoms and larger molecules, and exploring the various ways microscopes are used in fields like pathology, microbiology, and forensic science. You’ll learn to think and do research like a real scientist and gain an introduction to high school biology along the way.