Students in Gaziantep have the opportunity to examine bacteria that cannot be seen with the naked eye at the “Museum of Microscopic Creatures”.
Students who come to the “Microscopic Creatures Museum” within the body of Şahinbey Municipality Science and Art Center examine 32 types of bacteria with the help of a microscope and learn about these invisible creatures.
Orhan Ertürk, Director of Şahinbey Municipality Science and Art Center, said that gifted children receive education in their institutions.
Stating that students receive training in project-based practice workshops and laboratories according to their own talents, Ertürk said, “We have about 500 students. We are trying to provide these children with opportunities in various global visions in every corner of the institution. One of them is the Museum of Microscopic Living Things that we have just launched in the institution.” said.
Stating that there are 32 types of bacteria in the museum, which consists of a glass area of approximately 5 square meters, Ertürk said, “We fixed the glass area with special solutions and epoxy to prevent contamination (spreading, contamination) created by isolating bacteria, fungi (fungus) and yeast. Contaminated for the health of our children. “It’s very important that it doesn’t happen. We have taken the necessary security measures. We have added QR codes for technology integration. Children can have their phones scanned with these codes and learn about the characteristics of bacteria with the details we upload to our website.” he said.
Pointing out that the interest in micro-organisms in children has increased due to the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic that has affected the whole world, Ertürk continued as follows:
“A microscopic creature has imprisoned us at home for 1.5-2 years. We want to do work that is popular, especially when doing workshops or school-related work, or that children can love. “They have an interest in it. We wanted to increase that, too. Our aim is to increase children’s knowledge of single-celled microscopic creatures and to enable them to have knowledge in this direction. Children are very interested, they run to this area as soon as they arrive. They want to look with a magnifying glass, a microscope and see the details.”
Stating that they aim to raise awareness of children with the museum, Ertürk said, “Bacteria are the types of bacteria found in the air, in our body or in food. There are also bacteria that cause mold and fungus. Here we are trying to give children detailed information about these creatures.” used the phrases.
“He set an example for the university”
Orhan Ertürk, who stated that there is a similar study in the Bacteria Museum in the world only in Amsterdam and that they also worked with experts after they decided on this project, said, “We sent this study to our teacher at Gaziantep University, he liked it very much. A similar study will be established in the Biology department. On behalf of the school. proud.” he said.
5th grade student Mustafa Eren Taş stated that it is exciting to be able to see creatures that cannot be seen here. said.
Aysima Ebrar, a 5th grade student, also stated that very good works were done at the school, but this museum attracted the most attention, and said:
“It is very nice that the shapes and colors of the microscopes do not mix. I recommend everyone to examine them. Microscopic creatures are very dangerous. There is a corona right now, as a microscopic creature. That’s why we have to be very careful. I want to study medicine and become a doctor. That’s why this museum is very useful for me.” “