Microscopes unlock a magical visual world packed with unexpected riches! Each child has their own table, microscope and supplies. And we get outside a lot, to collect samples and get curious.
• Five-day, Monday to Friday program:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
• Optional extended care:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $50 per week and/or
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $95 per week
• Optional lunch: N/A
• Apply for our Counselor in Training (CIT) program:
Rising 10th-12th grade students call (315) 773-5673
• Limited to 12 children, rising 5 – 7th or 8 & 9th grade
• $25 sibling or multi-session discount applies
• Scholarships available by calling (315) 486-2289
• Child to instructor & assistant ratio is 6:1 or less
• Your instructor: Anna Nelson, biotechnology & molecular bioscience
Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience major at the Rochester Institute of Technology
Anna has five plus years experience in leading and preparing STEM focused youth activities. She is described as a deep thinker. Her curiosity for all things will delight and engage your child.
And no, that is not Anna Nelson, but Rosalind Franklin who advanced the technique of x-ray diffraction becoming the first to image the helical nature of DNA. Like Rosalind, Anna is dedicated to getting good data. Good data yields good science!
We will begin by learning about the different parts of compound and stereo microscopes. Your child will immediately start observing a variety of cool prepared slides. Then, children team up to collect samples outside for closer inspection. Part of the experience is collecting and preparing a specimen, observing, questioning, and talking about what the microscope reveals about it.
Sharing the view of a well-prepared specimen and slide is just fun! A microscope camera will allows projection onto a screen in the classroom and the children can save photos to take home! On the final day, your child gets to showcase a favorite specimen or discovery in a mini science fair.
Our focus for the week will be biomimicry, where examples in nature are the inspiration for engineering design, like the scientist who observed burrs sticking to his dog’s coat and invented Velcro. We’ll use microscopes to take a closer look and gain a different perspective on what is otherwise impossible to see. Your child’s curiosity and wonder will be ignited by zooming in on a drop of water, filled with living zooplankton and phytoplankton! There’s no end to the things that can be examined.
A microscope allows your child to discover and explore a whole new world, sparking curiosity and questions. We build on this natural fascination to develop skills in asking questions, observing, and then documenting those observations. Microscope Adventures reveals the excellence of form and function in the world around us. Children then derive inspiration from what they collect, prepare, and observe and apply it to engineering solutions.
Microscopy opens up a multitude of interests and career paths for your child. Imagine them entering the medical field, doing research, engineering new materials, exploring nanotechnology, being a chemist, advancing micro surgical techniques, pushing the limits of additive manufacturing and you could go on and on with this list. Finding that thing, that passion is perhaps the best reason for a STEM experience like this!