What do jellyfish, mushrooms, and bacteria have in common? They can all generate their own light! This ability, called bioluminescence, has evolved many times in hundreds of different species on the land and in the sea. In this class, we will learn about the chemistry, physics, and biology of bioluminescence. We will discuss the many ways animals use light (hunting, communication, protection) and we will learn how scientists use bioluminescent protein in their research. The Museum will be our field site as we look for examples of bioluminescence and perform experiments in the lab to better understand how this amazing phenomenon works. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the spectacular natural phenomenon of bioluminescence.
Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates:11/5, 11/7, 11/14, 11/19, 11/26, 11/28, 12/3, 12/5, 12/10, 12/12, 12/17, 12/19