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I got my first microscope when I was about 6 years old, and it opened up a whole new world - the world of the very small. Let's explore this world together! Note: This is a one-week camp that meets 5 days in a row. There is also a one-time version of this course, as well as a weekly club for young microscopists. If you need help deciding which class is right for your learner, message me! Also Note: This course is appropriate for learners who are new to microscopes, as we start from the...
Learners will be able to use a microscope, though they may need assistance to get set up and cleaned up at the beginning and end of a microscope session. Learners will begin a notebook journal of their microscopic explorations, and will practice drawing and describing what they see (learners may need help labeling their drawings).
Besides being certified in Special Education and Science in Colorado, USA, I am experienced in teaching all ages how to use a microscope.
Most of our work will be accomplished in our live sessions, but students will be expected to find specimens outside of class. Suggested Samples to Bring Each Day: Monday - any type of paper (printer, tissue, toilet, newspaper...) or a scrap of thread/yarn Tuesday - Leaf or other plant part Wednesday - I dare you to find a bug to bring to class Thursday - Any animal sample - hair or fur, feather, etc - or bring a Q-tip and we'll try to view our own cheek cells Friday - Learner's Choice!
Students should have access to a microscope - either compound or stereo, ideally, though digital will work. Students will need a notebook, journal, or folder for drawings and records of what they see, and something to draw with (crayons, markers, or colored pencils). A set of professionally made slides is recommended. Blank slides, whether plastic or glass, are needed to make homemade slides. Personally, I dislike tiny coverslips and use a second slide to cover my sample, but there are options. (Glass coverslips are thin, small, and very sharp, and I recommend against them for young learners. Plastic coverslips are an excellent option.) In order to make permanent slides, we'll use clear nail polish as our fixative. Please note, this is optional if your learner only wants to make temporary slides.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The enthusiastic learner will want to share what they've learned and seen with their loved ones, including parents and siblings. If the learner continues to use their 'scope well after the camp ends, I've done my job well.
3 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Slides are made from living tissue, which means that generally, professionally made slides are made out of deceased laboratory animals. Sometimes this comes up when we are observing animal tissues and comparing them to our own bodies. Also, learners have to decide if they want to kill bugs to make specimens, which can be upsetting for young people. Slides and microscopes are made of glass and metal, and even unbroken glass can be hazardous to young, klutzy learners. Please consider if your learner is better suited for plastic or glass slides. I, personally, avoid glass coverslips - plastic ones are an option. I use two glass slides to sandwich my specimens, which avoids the use of coverslips, but uses up the slides twice as fast. We'll discuss these concerns in class, but you should be aware.
I google microscopic images to share.
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Howdy do! My name is Melinda K. Dooley, and Biology is the love of my life--right up there with teaching life science to someone else! I have been tinkering with biology since I was a child, formalizing my studies as I got older, but I've...