Cells Alive


Invisible to the naked eye, cells are the building blocks of all living creatures. According to the Smithsonian, the average human body contains approximately 37.2 trillion cells. Students harvest some of their own cheek cells and examine them under microscopes. Slides containing cells from beef muscle provide a comparative reference as students explore the mysteries of life. This seminar complements classroom study of the human body’s anatomy and major systems.

Faculty: Steve Mayfield - Science 6

Dates Offered

March 8, 2019
March 22, 2019

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  • Day trip: The Expedition Health exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is all about the human body.


  • Road trip: On the East coast? The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts has a permanent Hall of Human Life exhibit.

Why Cells Now?

In-depth study of cells is part of the seventh grade biological science experience. This spring seminar about cells for the sixth-grade serves both as a complement to sixth content about human anatomy and body systems and as a preview of the seventh grade curriculum.