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ACCESS SERIES | Through the Lens of Curiosity

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Science +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

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All Access Club Explores the Microscopic World. If you cannot see something, does that mean that it is not there? Nope! Just lurking under the surface of common, everyday objects is an entire world that we normally cannot see. People just like you can use microscopes to discover things that need magnification in order to view.  The collection is part of an activity series that explores this mysterious microscopic world.

EDUCATORS | For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Through the Lens of Curiosity"  << CLICK HERE >>

In this collection you will:

  • Find out about the world through the use of microscopes and magnifiers
  • Take on the role of detective as you embark on a quest to solve 5 mysteries -- by making observations about up-close objects and reading clues, can you figure out what the whole object is?
  • In the game A Part of the Whole, use your power of observation to consider the structures and functions of up-close objects to guess what they might be. Again, you will look at part of an object--photographed up-close--to guess at the whole.

If it is possible to set-up a hand's-on experience with microscopes along with the online activities -- the tactile portion will enhance the online activity. Teens can also view a video about scanning electron microscopes by a young scientist in the 'extension section'.

Keywords: decision-making, self-determination, access, disability, accessibility, neurodiversity, special education, SPED, out of school learning, informal learning, cognitive, social skills, engagement, passion, creativity, empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program 

Title Slide Curiosity

Tracie Spinale

Microscope

National Museum of American History

Magnifying tools

Tracie Spinale

Portrait of Dines No. 3 [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Magnifying glass

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

What can we learn?

Tracie Spinale

Dr. Richard E. Grant Looking at Specimens in a Tray

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Be Q?rius

National Museum of Natural History

Protoceratium sp.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Protoperidinium grande

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Scrippsiella subsalsa Ostenf.

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Miozoa

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Untitled Object

NMNH - Botany Dept.

Humphrey's Central Detective Corporation

National Museum of American History

Mystery #1: WHAT IS IT?

Tracie Spinale

Mystery #2: WHAT IS IT?

Tracie Spinale

Mystery #3: WHAT IS IT?

Tracie Spinale

WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 1

Tracie Spinale

WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 2

Tracie Spinale

WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 3

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 4

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 5

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 6

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 7

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 8

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 9

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 10

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 11

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WHAT IS IT? IMAGE 12

Tracie Spinale

Summary Letter P1

Tracie Spinale

Summary Letter P2

Tracie Spinale

Applying SEM techniques

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Dr. Don Davis and Mary J. Mann

Smithsonian Archives - History Div