The Giant Cell is a large inflatable model of a human white blood cell, which allows visitors to walk into the cell and explore the details of its interior. On Friday, April 17, the cell made the BISB gymnasium its home, as students, teachers, parents and even local researchers made their way through it.
“Hosting The Giant Cell gives our students an amazing opportunity to experience the incredible biology of the building blocks of living things,” said BISB Head of Science Tom Murphy. “Ordinarily, cells remain an abstract or 2D concept for many students, as we are limited to looking at pictures of them or peering through microscopes. The Giant Cell, along with the Swiss biologists accompanying, gives students the chance to actually enter a huge model and see for themselves the crucial parts of these structures which help us to live.”
The Giant Cell- the only learning tool of its kind in the world- was developed jointly by the University of Basel, Switzerland and Interpharma, an education company that aims to enhance science teaching at all school levels throughout Switzerland. Since its creation, the cell has been on the road, visiting high schools across Switzerland, France, Germany and the U.S.
The British International School of Boston was The Giant Cell's only school visit in Boston this year, and the event drew not only BISB students and staff, but parents and even some researchers from the Museum of Science, too.
The scientists ran experiments with the students to help continue their learning about cells in the human body and in other living things. It was a fantastic day of learning for all our students, and an example of the great power that comes from local and global connections for our school.
The visit from The Giant Cell kicked off the British International School of Boston’s annual STEAM Week celebration, which brings students and teachers together to explore learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics through this Friday, April 24.
Through field trips throughout the city, in-class learning activities and visits from local scientists and artisans, STEAM Week aims to show students how science and the arts connect in our daily lives. We look forward to continuing to share these activities with our readers throughout the coming week.