We “played” with bread mold under the microscope tonight. It was so cool. At first when we put it on the slide, you could see it move. Like the spores were migrating toward each other. Then we looked at it under stronger setting and you could see individual spores and clusters. We took turns looking at that for quite awhile. Then, we went back to weaker settings. While we took our break, it was like the mold created new clusters. It was so organized. You could see how they grouped together. Bread mold is after all a fungus. It’s a growing, “living” thing. I can only imagine what we’d see if we spent more time and did actual experiments on it.
What you see under the scope just amazes me. It’s a whole life of it’s own. I’m sure I’ve said that before, but it’s quite fascinating.
Tomorrow, K will have to write about what she saw tonight. She’ll have to draw pictures of the changes that she saw over 30 minutes to an hours time. I’m anxious to read her perspective of it. During the whole process tonight, she didn’t say much. You can tell she loved it and was amazed. We got some “cool” and “wow that’s weird”. The rest, her mouth was just sort of open and she’d look and look.
This image was not taken by any of us, but it’s what we saw under the microscope tonight. (We don’t have that fancy of equipment!!)
Oh how I love the world of discovery for kids!!