Freshmen Use SCRIPPS Microscopes


Whitney Thelusme, Staff Writer

Graduate students from SCRIPPS Research Center taught a lesson on cell size to Ms. Conklin’s freshman Biology Honors classes this week. Ms.Case-Sweenys’s students participated before the hurricane. Students learned to use a digital microscope with a laptop, and prepared microscope slides of frog blood cells. Students followed a set of instructions while using the digital microscope to take pictures of the cells. The pictures were uploaded to software installed on the laptops. Students investigated the size, density, and volume of the cells’ nucleus and membrane. Then, they organized the collected data using an Excel spreadsheet.

“Santaluces is proud of the opportunity for students to gain college lab experience,” said Ms. Conklin.