Authentic learning experiences deepen understanding for the students in Mr. Culbertson’s Science Lab at RCSCS. His seventh graders have been studying cell theory and the scientists who made these discoveries. They used microscopes to replicate the experiments of scientists from the 1800s (Robert Browne, Schleiden, & Schwann). Using water from natural sources, they
extended their learning experiences by locating prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, identifying the nuclei of some cells, and locating the chloroplasts within algae. Next, they will begin study of plant and animal cells and their organelles.