Visiting the CMI: Exploring Microscopy and Cells

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

Program Description: On April 10th, Erin Killelea ’94 came to Smith for the day with a group of middle school students from the Legacy Foundation in Hartford, CT. The group started their day working with Lori Saunders and Lou Ann Bierwert exploring human variation in taste, then explored some physics in the McConnell foyer with Danika Luntz-Martin ‘15. The group then went to the Center for Microscopy and Imaging where Tatenda Mahlanza ‘15, Sipho Kargbo ’18, and Jessica Morgan ’17 worked with them as they explored microscopy and plant and animal cells. After lunch the group went to the Smith Art Museum to view the exhibit on May Bauermeister and then echoed some of the microscopy activity by making use of lenses to make an art project to close out their day.

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#1: The visiting group and their microscopy teachers. Back row-left is Jessica Morgan; back row-right is Erin Killilea; front row-left is Tatenda Mahlanza; front row-right is Sipho Kargbo.

#2: Sipho Kargbo ’18 helping a student with her microscope.

#3: Sipho Kargbo ’18 and Tatenda Mahlanza ’15 explaining plant structures.

#4: Tatenda Mahlanza ’15 helping set up a microscope station for Erin Killelea.