year 4 at elc

Microworlds and Life Forms

There are living creatures and, indeed, entire worlds that are invisible to the naked eye. We are fortunate to live in an age in which it is possible for us to observe and appreciate the complexity and detail of these microscopic universes because of continual advances in technology.

Life on our planet manifests itself in a variety of fascinating forms that have been able to adapt even in the most inaccessible, unthinkable and even inhospitable of places.

What are some of these microscopic organisms?
What forms do they have? Do they move and, if so, how?

Ours is a search that will lead us into the world unseen to human eye. We intend to focus on “invisible” life forms (such as molds and yeasts), while observing and representing their transformations, and striving to identity the elements necessary for life.

Life, Time and Transformations

Big, small, fast, slow, natural, artificial, visible, invisible …
Observing the world around us, weare able to perceive some of the changes taking place as time passes. Many others, however, go unnoticed because they occur at the molecular level or not in a time frame that is perceivable by man. As human beings, we undergo continuous changes that not only affect our outward appearance, but also our inner worlds, our identities, our thoughts and our emotions.

Are the leaves changing colour?
How is nature evolving?
What changes do we see in this process of evolution?

Ours is a journey that began with careful observation of nature and the many changes that occur within it. We will also consider the realm of human experience, in an effort to try to identify what causes these transformations and what connections can be made between nature and human life.

Microworlds and Landscapes

Landscape can refer to the visible features of an area of land, the landforms and how they integrate with natural or manmade features – [New Oxford American Dictionary].

This definition of ‘landscape’ can be extended, thanks to continued technological advances, to microscopic landscapes. These were first discovered some 400 years ago by English architect, philosopher and scientist Robert Hooke who carefully examined life forms under a microscope and recorded his findings. The systematic study of these microscopic landscapes has contributed significantly to the present day fields of physics and chemistry by affording us a way to better understand the structure of nature and to envisage ways in which to manipulate matter to find new uses and adaptations.

What forms will we find in our search?
How can we find connections between the different universes we belong to?

Here begins our search for fascinating new worlds, for landscapes to be observed as we uncover similarities, differences and patterns. This is a journey that we hope will take us to uncharted lands, ones that will fuel our imaginations and allow them to flow freely as we search for new stories to be told.