FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Morgridge Center Associate Director Randy Wallar stated, "At a time when concerns about our children's science aptitude is at an all time high, the Morgridge Center grant will help the UW Department of Biochemistry expand their unique science education program. We are pleased this will provide leadership opportunities for UW students to participate, while addressing critical educational needs in our local community."
The unique program introduces students and adults to the biology, chemistry, and structure of matter by exploring phenomena and materials with length scales from microns to millimeters. To get a sense of these sizes, the human hair is approximately 100 microns in length, and crystals are often measured in millimeters.
The Microexplorers program will develop activities to introduce and reinforce concepts of the physical sciences, including the study of metals, crystals, liquid crystals, micro- and nanostructured materials and plants. Activities will be tailored to different age groups to address their unique level of scientific understanding. The experience will teach children how scientists think and how observations and hypotheses can be tested using experiments.
Douglas Weibel, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and lead on the project stated, "There is an exciting world waiting to be discovered by inquisitive minds using low-cost digital microscopes as a platform for discovery-based learning. Many children and adults do not understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. These principles are easy to understand when a hands-on activity reinforces a concept. The microscope is a great tool to do this."
In collaboration with the Center for Biology Education and the Materials Research Science and
Thanks to the generosity of John and Tashia Morgridge, the
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