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Stanford Lagunita offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform Stanford Lagunita. We continually experiment to improve what we do throu...
Stanford Lagunita offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform Stanford Lagunita. We continually experiment to improve what we do through creative use of technology, and we share what we learn with the rest of the world.

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This is a mini-course with short identical week-long course sessions that will give you a firsthand experience on how microscopic single celled organisms can propel themselves through water and detect light - and then ultimately swim towards or away from this light source. At the same time you will learn and practice the key components of the scientific method.

The goals of these course sessions are three fold:

(1) Become fascinated by the wonders of these small organisms and the world they live in - features that are usually hidden from the naked eye.

(2) Gain a quantitative understanding of how a microscopic cell can propel itself through water, how it can sense light, and how it then can swim towards or away from the light. You will learn how these activities are enabled by some cellular building blocks ("organelles"). You will also explore interactive models that help you understand how all these parts work together to a...

This is a mini-course with short identical week-long course sessions that will give you a firsthand experience on how microscopic single celled organisms can propel themselves through water and detect light - and then ultimately swim towards or away from this light source. At the same time you will learn and practice the key components of the scientific method.

The goals of these course sessions are three fold:

(1) Become fascinated by the wonders of these small organisms and the world they live in - features that are usually hidden from the naked eye.

(2) Gain a quantitative understanding of how a microscopic cell can propel itself through water, how it can sense light, and how it then can swim towards or away from the light. You will learn how these activities are enabled by some cellular building blocks ("organelles"). You will also explore interactive models that help you understand how all these parts work together to achieve a robust light response behavior.

(3) Be (or become) a scientist and practice the essential components of the scientific method! Perform your own investigations, observe, analyze your data - and draw your conclusions. These skills translate to many other scientific projects you may undertake in the future.

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