Join us as we explore the worlds tiniest microscopic jewels - Diatoms! Microscopic Art - 2 session class Join us as we explore the world’s tiniest microscopic jewels - Diatoms! Lets shrink down like the Magic School bus and explore the tiniest organisms right in your local creeks and rivers! Today students will be hands-on with microscopes, meet local biologists, tour the recycling center and put their creative minds to use in a group mural project. Students will design their own diatoms and create recycled art pieces that will be displayed on a mural at the recycling center. This class is the perfect combination of art, technology and science. A diatom is a single-celled organism that lives as an individual or in a group or colony. They exist in all waters of the Earth, both salt and fresh. Scientist use diatoms to identify how climate change and other environmental factors affect Ecosystems. Students will use microscopes to observe diatoms and meet local ecologists that use diatoms in their daily work. We will learn how Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek created the first microscope strong enough to see blood cells and bacteria for the first time! Students will receive a tour of the recycling center and be featured in a short public service announcement on the benefits of recycling including documentation of their mural. Patrons of the recycling center will be able to access the PSA through use of a QR code on the mural. Our classes are fun and full of energy! Students do not sit passively and listen. They are encourage to ask questions and be hands on throughout the program. Snacks will be provided. Students may bring a water bottle if desired.