From bugs to bacteria there is a whole world that is invisible to the naked eye. In this class, students will learn how to explore that world by designing their own experiments and using the scientific method.
Students will work in a lab setting and learn how to explore the world around them, including things they might not be able to see.Students will learn how to answer questions using the scientific method, and design their own experiments to help them do so.
This class will cover all the basics of working in a biology lab, starting with a quick review of lab safety, and how discussing how scientists document their findings. From there, students will participate in a variety of activities, including looking at microbes in water samples, growing bacteria that is found in the world around us, and identifying different insects.The final activity will consist of students designing their own experiment to see how pill bugs react to varying environments.At every step students will be encouraged to ask questions that will help them understand the world around them.
By the end of the course, students will have a working knowledge of what it means to be a scientist, how to explore questions they are interested in, and understand the world around them, even if there are parts of it that they cannot see.