The “Walk-Through Cell” is a model of a human cell magnified about 300,000 times.

The “Walk-Through Cell” is a model of a human cell magnified about 300,000 times.

The Walk-Through Cell has been going around schools throughout Switzerland since 17 April 2010. The special feature of it is that it is inflated at the school where it is exhibited and reaches such huge dimensions that there is space in it for a whole class. So teaching can take place directly in the cell.

The walk-through cell represents a human white blood cell. It is magnified 300,000 times, includes all important cell organelles, is 3.5 metres tall and has a diameter of 6 metres. Interactive tools such as flat screens, mobile information boards, listening stations, peepholes etc., visitors can also explore the cell on their own. There are also companion worksheets for teaching and an ETH computer game.

The walk-through cell has travelled a lot since its first exhibition. Besides many stops in Switzerland, it has also been exhibited already in Germany and the USA. In 2016 it was stationed in various schools in Switzerland and also during Pfizer’s Family Day and Novartis Day.