The Periodic Table

In our Micro-Global-Scope Center Team, we are learning about the Periodic Table and researching specific elements of our choice. Each student in the class was told to pick a particular element, bring a house hold item composed of the element and find interesting facts about the element.  The items brought in are listed below:

Copper = Penny

Potassium = Banana

Gold = Gold Earring

Nickel = Nickel coin

Sodium = Kosher salt

Aluminum = Aluminum Foil

Below are the images we were able to capture with our Celestron Microscope.


The image to the Left is a Salt Crystal and the Image to the Right is the Banana.

Extraction of DNA from a spinach

In our Micro-Global-Scopes, we performed an experiment Extracting DNA from spinach, and we found this experiment fun and interesting. We are thinking about trying this experiment with a different fruit. Maybe you guys should also try the experiment and post pictures of the fruits DNA.

Hudson river microbes

Micro global scopes pond water adventure


The Walk

We went on a walk to the Hudson River on 12-14-11. The route we took was long. We went down the block and turned right. We walked straight to 66th street and turned left. Then we got to the piers.


How We Got the Samples

We attached string to a cup and threw it into the water. Our technique did not work at first. We put a rock in the cup to make the cup heavier. It worked better than before but we still didn’t get any of the water. Then we put the cup under the fence bar instead of over it. We got the water successfully and headed back to school in a rush.


What I Thought

I thought the trip was fun and interesting. I learned a lot from the trip. Next time I think we should leave earlier and we should bring some spare supplies. I hope we go on a trip like that again.



The Gateway School neighborhood walk.

These are images we took of the objects we found on our neighborhood walk.

My Experience During Our Neighborhood Walk

My Micro-Global Scopes center teams went on a neighborhood walk on December 14, 2011 to collect water samples from the Hudson River.

Our route included us walking down the hill on 61st Street toward West End Ave.  Then we made a right until 68th street.  When we were on 68th Street, we made a left until 72nd Street.  We found a ramp that led us to the water and we walked along it.  When we finally made it to the water, we had to find a spot in the water to put the cup in.  We made the cup easy to put in the water by punching two holes in the cup then attaching a long string.

Finding a perfect place to put the cup in wasn’t too easy but not too hard either.  We tried about two different places before getting the cup inside the water.  When those places did not work, we walked a little bit further to where there were rocks.  When we put the cup in first, it did not work.  Then we decided to put a little pebble into the cup to weigh it down.  That decision made it so much easier to get the most water.

Next time on a walk, I think it would be helpful if we planned it out more thoroughly.  I think the timing was unorganized because we got back to school late.

The next day in class, we looked at the samples under the microscopes.  I saw amoebas called Phylum Sarcodina.  I did not see anything moving, just blobs of fluid.

Throughout this experiment, I enjoyed going outside and leaving the building.  I also liked looking through the microscope because I thought it was very interesting.  I hope to do an experiment similar to this one!

- Janae F.


The pictures below are microbes we found in a water sample at the Hudson River.

Water from a fish aquarium.

A student from our class decided to bring a sample of water from his fish tank for us to view under the digital microscope.

Welcome Gateway School

Hi Gateway! Welcome to MicroGlobalScope. Can you find 5 different plants, flowers, insects, bugs, or materials that are unique or iconic to your area and take a photo of each one with your MiScope? Can’t wait to see what you find!