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Introduction to Microscopy in Biology

Viewing cells in 3D with the Allen Institute for Cell Science 3D Cell Viewer

A ~75-90 minute presentation and activity explaining how images of cells are collected in research labs and how scientists analyze those images. Two versions of the activity are provided: a basic version using analysis tools available through the Allen Cell Explorer website (grades 9-10), which is demonstrated in the presentation and in the handout, and an advanced activity using FIJI for more sophisticated quantitative image analysis, which is demonstrated in the handout only. We recommend that students complete the basic version before progressing to the advanced version.

Download the slides to give the presentation yourself, or play a video for your class of a cell biologist from the Allen Institute for Cell Science presenting the activity introduction and the basic activity. The teacher notes download also includes the student handout used in both activities.

Grade level: 9-12 (basic activity), 11-12 (advanced activity)

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