Have you ever tried to navigate an organism that is visible only under a microscope? The course is designed to experience the work with tiny flagellates and nematodes. While trying to move the organisms the way we want, we will perhaps get an idea for an interactive game, which could be played between two completely different organisms.
Among the organisms to choose are a flagellate Euglena gracilis and a nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Students will be provided with organisms and tools to develop their ideas. Students with specific needs will be directed to available methods and resources.
In the first half of the semester, students will be expected to take care of the organism, research related art projects, and scientific papers, cook medium, and report results weekly. The second half of the semester is reserved for the realization of the individual idea. Along with the work in our home offices, if needed, we will use our DIY biolab. For documenting our projects we will use the GMU Wiki.
No special skills are required to participate in the course. Participation at the Big Blue Button Online-Seminar, and, if needed, the DIY biolab. Part of the course is a block module on microscopy, implemented together with the microbiologist Dr. Julian Chollet, who will contribute to the course with scientific know-how.