Tough cell

Oct. 18, 2019 | Form VI IB Biology students peered through the looking glass at the cellular world this morning.
For the first time this semester, students broke out the microscopes in Ms. Laberee's classroom for a look into the world of single-celled organisms. Since this was their first lab with the tool, their task was to cut out the letter 'e' from a newspaper and observe how it appeared through the eyepiece. Through this process, students were able to see that the optical elements in the microscope flip objects horizontally and vertically. After this exercise, students looked at slides containing different unicellular organisms and applied their knowledge of microscope magnification to calculate the actual size of the objects under the lens.

As the students build on their understanding of cell biology, they will be looking at plant and animal cells in the coming weeks to eventually study the human body.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.