MyNute: Can we make our own microscope?
By Donna Moffatt, Director of Learning Innovation and Betina Wrightson, Head of Mathematics
This is the provocation that met our Year 8 girls as they started their day recently in Term 2. With a basket of materials including a disposable camera, a ruler, a screwdriver and some Blu Tac as their resources, the girls were challenged by Dr Oppenheim and Mrs Beard to create a macro lens on the existing lens of one of their devices. Some used phones and others, their laptop. Later, other lenses were attached so that a comparison of magnifications could be undertaken as well as a discussion of scale.
Armed with their self-made macro lenses and a goal to take photographs of small things, Year 8 headed out to explore the Senior School campus. Their photographs, following editing under the guidance of Ms Armstrong, were projected onto a wall of the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery during GLOW.
Throughout the day, the girls were engaged in the full range of STEAM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. In fact, much work was undertaken in the weeks leading up to the Year 8 STEAM day including studies of rates and ratios in Mathematics, digital photography and Surrealism in Visual Arts and single lens microscopes in Science. By focusing on these disciplines in an interdisciplinary manner rather than as discrete subjects, we aim to develop a cohesive learning structure based on real world paradigms where skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication are all enhanced.
Sample of finished works displayed at GLOW Abbotsleigh Festival of Light