Robert Hooke’s Cork Cells Activity

The cell is often described as the most basic unit life. It is a foundation of biology that provides an infinite amount of questions for scientists. However, the cell was not discovered until Robert Hooke’s experiment in the seventeenth century. This discovery sparked a wide range of study and several new fields of science such as biochemistry, cytology, and eventually genetics.

By viewing cork cells under a microscope, students mimic Hooke’s cork experiment, and are exposed to one of the most vital discoveries in scientific history; they have the opportunity to understand the importance of technology. Hooke’s invention of the microscope is crucial to the course of scientific discovery and has become a staple tool in labs and discovery. Comparing the images in the microscope to Hooke’s sketches will also display the progression of technology. This quick lab allows the students to parrot Hooke’s understanding of cells and learn in a hands-on environment. This lab is easy to teach and inexpensive.