Exploring Microbiology

Discover the tiny world of microorganisms! You'll collect samples from various plant and water sources, then use microscopes to learn about microscopic single-celled and multicellular organisms. We’ll search for tardigrades, amoebas, ciliates, euglenoids, flatworms, rotifers, copepods, nymphs and more! Anticipate a possible visit to a UW lab to learn about current research involving microorganisms and cells.

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming sixth to eighth graders. 


John Parker is a STEM specialist and former middle school science teacher for Seattle Public Schools who enjoys exploring nature and bringing the classroom into the outdoors. He and his family enjoy tide pooling, hiking and foraging.

Steve Howard is a middle school science and engineering teacher in the Edmonds School District. He is passionate about out-of-school learning and bringing hands-on, STEM-focused experiences to youth.

More Information 

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