Plant and Animal Cell Program: Exploring Microscopy and Cells (2015)

By Tom Gralinski, STEM Coordinator
Smith College Jandon Center for Community Engagement
Date: December 2015

Program Description: The Northampton site for The Literacy Project visited Smith College’s Center for Microscopy and Imaging on December 9th. The students were introduced to basic microscopy, plant and animal cells, and some of the more common blood diseases by Allison Sirois ‘0GR and Jessica Morgan ‘17. The visit concluded with an introduction to the scanning electron microscope (SEM) by Judith Wopereis, Technical Director of the Center for Microscopy and Imaging (CMI).

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#1: The Literacy Project teacher, Zoe Rosenthal (left) works with a student looking at plant cells.

#2: The instructional team of Jessica Morgan ’17 and Allison Sirois ‘0GR explain white blood cells and their roles in keeping us healthy.

#3: Allison Sirois ‘0GR checks in with a student studying a fixed blood sample slide.

#4: Jessica Morgan ’17 works with one of the Literacy Project students on the fine focus of her slide specimen.

#5: Allison Sirois ‘0GR helps a student focus his blood cell image on the light microscope.