Research-grade microscopes routinely used in universities and bio-tech industries are rarely found in elementary or middle schools. However, we believe students involved in inquiry-based learning can explore and discover the world in a deeper, more connected way in our Zeiss microscopy lab.
Schechter students as young as five years old have examined the cellular structure of a dragonfly, discovering that the pattern of the insect’s multifaceted eye cells match the shape of a honeycomb cell.
Others have created their own sealed ecosystems in glass pickle jars using pond water and plants, examining living organisms, bacteria, protozoa, algae, rotifer, hydras, and worms under a Zeiss microscope. Students have been able to uncover an entire ecosystem that would otherwise be imperceptible with a standard-issue microscope. Students also learn about cell structure by examining their own cheek cells under magnification and identify the cell membrane, nucleus, nucleolus, cytoplasm, and mitochondria.
Thanks to this cutting-edge microscope technology, Schechter students learn to make powerful connections to the living world around them.