• Inspired by episodes:
  • Discovery: S1E4 TNG: S2E7 TNG: S2E22 TNG: S4E18 TNG: S7E19

Tardigrades and T-Cells

Explore life in all its many forms as be amazed by the diversity of life the Universe contains.
  • Inspired by episodes:
  • Discovery: S1E4 TNG: S2E7 TNG: S2E22 TNG: S4E18 TNG: S7E19


Get close and personal with lots of creepy crawlies! This is the microscopic study and classification of a range of micro and macro invertebrates and other curious life forms.


Starfleet has carried out countless missions to all quadrants of the Universe and researched numerous samples of alien life, xenobiology. From all this research common threads have emerged. While life is incredibly diverse in form, the underlying building blocks appear to be consistent but once we start exploring xenobiology there is a whole lot of weird stuff going on! Tardigrades are one of the most resilient animal species, known to be able to survive extremes of temperature and radiation. On Earth these creatures are small and harmless but could the giant Tarigrades of space hold the secrets to combating diseases or forming biological weapons? T-cells are a part of our natural human immune response when synthetic T-cells are used in the wrong conditions could they infect host DNA and cause the host to start de-evolving? From plants that infect you with deadly viruses through to mysterious aging illnesses and parasites that can transform you into a different species the universe is full of mysterious biological phenomenon. What else could be out there that we haven't discovered yet? Look through the microscope to discover what is hiding out there.

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Mission Outcomes

By completing this activity, you can show your Unit Council that you can:

STEM | Microbiology:

  • Classify life forms using classification keys
  • Identify life forms viewed under the microscope
  • Discover the strange behaviours of species from different Kingdoms
  • Conduct a macroinvertebrate study to determine the health of a waterway

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