“Araw ka ba?” “Bakit?” “Kasi binigyang liwanag mo ang buhay ko.” (“Are you a sun?” “Why?” “Because you brighten my life.”)
Pick-up lines, like the above example, are usually done to make your love ones blush or smile, but who would have thought that they can be used to learn Microbiology?
“Learning microbiology need not be boring,” stated Thomas Edison dela Cruz, author of the study “Pick-up Lines: A Fun Way to Facilitate Learning Microbiological Concepts.”
In an activity wherein 37 sophomore students were tasked to make pick-up lines out of Microbiology concepts and ideas, it was found out that students can learn and understand the subject better through activities that they can easily relate to.
Examples of the lines they formed were:
Are you a flagellum? Why do you ask? Because I can’t move without you. (Flagellum is a thread-like structure which enables microorganisms to move or swim.)
If you will be a cell, I hope to be your cell wall and provide you with structural support. (Cell wall protects the cell.)
My love for you is like that of Deinococcusradiodurans. It can withstand even the harshest of situations. (Deinococcus radiodurans is an organism under Deinococcus-Thermus group which can tolerate high radiation dose because of the overall structure of their cell.)
The author also stated that the study showed that incorporating popular culture in teaching is one way of motivating students to learn difficult concepts in fun and creative way.
Full text of the study can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4278504/. ■