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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Exploring Microbiology

Discover the tiny world of microorganisms! You’ll collect samples from various plant and water sources, then use microscopes to learn about microscopic single-celled and multicellular organisms. We’ll search for tardigrades, amoebas, ciliates, euglenoids, flatworms, rotifers, copepods, nymphs and more. Anticipate a possible visit to a UW lab to learn about current research involving microorganisms and cells.

What You'll Learn

  • The roles of cells in living organisms  
  • The different types and components of cells  
  • How to use a microscope to identify organisms and cell components  
  • How to put together various types of slides for observation under a microscope  
  • How to collect field samples for analysis 

Who Should Register 

This course is for incoming sixth to eighth graders. 


Steve Howard and Will Nelson

More Information 

This in-person course is taught on the UW Seattle campus

Students who want a full-day experience can register for two courses — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — which will include a supervised lunch break between courses. Students should bring a lunch. 

See the Policies page for details about registration, refunds, waitlists and more. 


Jul 29–Aug 9, 2024

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
Jun 17, 2024