Putting the 'A' in STEAM

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When you look around you, what do you see?

The world is filled with all sorts of things to look at. Trees, birds, people, cars, architecture… the list goes on.

If you look up at the night sky, you may see the moon, stars and even distant planets. Some of these objects may be millions of miles away. Isn’t it amazing what you can see with your eyes. 
Would you believe, though, that there is a myriad of things close by that we can’t see? Things like germs, bacteria, even dust mites are all around us and invisible to the naked eye.

Each year as a part of the Year 8 STEAM program students take part in the MyNute program. MyNute teaches the girls about the microscopic world and how it can be investigated. Embedded in the program is the concept of magnification and how through the use of lenses we can bend light at an angle to increase the size of the image that is sent to your eye. As the image sent to your eye increases in size, you can see an object more easily even though its physical size has not changed.

Experts believe that the naked eye can see objects as small as about 0.1mm – that is about the width of a single human hair. Today with the help of powerful microscopes we can see things which are around 0.001mm in size.

During the MyNute program our students take the lens from a recycled disposable camera and fit this to their own mobile phones to create their own “microviewer”. Students are then sent out to investigate the microscopic aspects of the world they ‘see’ every day and to take photos using their new microviewer.

Having selected their favourite photos, students then put their Photoshop skills to use and place a ‘normal’ sized object, such as a person, into their microscopic world. The result is some very creative images.

 

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