Course curriculum

  • 1

    Kia Ora: Introduction

    • Lesson: Introduction to the Course

    • Notes: Turning on Flash

    • For Teachers

    • Discussion: Say Kia Ora!

  • 2

    Really Small Stuff: Microscopic Scale

    • Lesson: Introduction to Microscopic Scale

    • Pictures: Metric Scale

    • Video: Powers of Ten

    • Interactive: Scale of the Universe

    • Lesson: 100x Magnification with USB Microscope

    • Pictures: Phone Microscope

    • Activity: Make a Water Magnifier

    • Lesson: Compound Light Microscope

    • Pictures: Compound Light Microscope

    • Interactive: Virtual Microscope

    • Lesson: Electron Microscopes

    • Interactive: Zoom in to Microbes

    • Video: Size Comparison of Microscopic Life

    • Microscopic Scale Quiz

    • Discussion for Really Small Stuff

  • 3

    The Building Blocks of Life: Cells

    • Lesson: Intro to Cells

    • Lesson: The Cell as a City

    • Interactive: Explore a Cell

    • Video: Cell City

    • Video: Cell City Song

    • Interactive: Cell City Slideshow

    • Project: Cell City

    • Lesson: Animal Cell Types

    • Interactive: Types of Human Cells

    • Interactive: Etch-A-Cell Online Citizen Science

    • Cells Quiz

    • Discussion for The Building Blocks of Life

  • 4

    Microscopic Beasts: Microbes

    • Lesson: Introducing Bacteria

    • Video: About Bacteria

    • Explore Types of Cells

    • Lesson: Introducing Fungi

    • Video: About Fungi

    • Fungus Fun: Yeast Experiment

    • Lesson: Introducing Viruses

    • Video: About Viruses

    • E-Bug: Find Different Kinds of Microbes

    • Project: Microbe Art

    • Microbes Quiz

    • Discussion for Microscopic Beasts

  • 5

    Offense and Defense: Disease & The Immune System

    • Lesson: When Microbes Attack!

    • Video: Good Germs & Bad Germs

    • Game: Germinator!

    • Lesson: The Immune System Strikes Back

    • Video: Cell vs Virus

    • Video: The Immune System: Animated

    • Reading: Viral Attack Comic Book

    • Project: Immune Cell Help Wanted

    • Immune System Games

    • Lesson: Covid-19

    • Video: About Coronavirus

    • Quiz: Disease & Defense

    • Discussion for Offense & Defense

  • 6

    The Good Fight: Fighting & Preventing Disease

    • Lesson: How Disease Spreads & How to Stop it

    • Video: Germ Spread Experiment

    • Video: How Soap Kills Coronavirus

    • Game: Wash Your Hands!

    • Experiment: Soap and Germs

    • Video: How Hand Sanitiser Kills Germs

    • Lesson: Medicines, Antibiotics and Vaccines

    • Video: Antibiotics, Antivirals and Vaccines

    • Reading: Antibiotic Resistance (School Journal article written by me!)

    • Game: Antibiotic Resistance

    • Video: Immunity and Vaccines

    • Lesson: Flattening the Curve

    • Reading & Pictures: Flattening the Curve

    • Project: Covid-19 Simulator on Scratch

    • Video: Preventing Coronavirus - 7 Steps

    • Quiz: Fighting & Preventing Disease

    • Discussion for The Good Fight

  • 7

    The Grand Experiment: Online Citizen Science

    • How to Fight Microscopic Beasts: The Grand Experiment

    • Discussion - Experiment 1: Glitter

    • Discussion - Experiment 2: Handwashing & Bread Mould

    • Discussion - Experiment 3: Cleaning Surfaces