High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab
This Web Seminar took place on August 31, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was Kristy Hill, an education specialist at Marshall Space Flight
Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Hill focused the discussion on The Virtual Lab, a software
tool that simulates a scanning electron microscope.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
This is first presentation of High Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab program
for the 2011-2012 academic year. Ms. Hill showed the participants the main website
where the software can be downloaded and where teachers can find instructions on
using the software. She allowed the participants to explore the site for themselves
to see other resources available and gave a demonstration of the actual software
through a desktop share. Ms. Hill also gave some general information about NASA
Explorer Schools and the resources available to teachers on their website.
Fifty (50) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the
presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska,
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana,
Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, five participants
joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Germany, India,
Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Romania and Turkey.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate
of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates
area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Provided a way to allow students to experience research tools that would otherwise
be unavailable to them.”
- “It will enable me to provide demonstrations as well as hands on activities
for my students. I also work with beginning teachers and I plan to share your site
with them for future webinars.”
- “I can share the resources presented with other members of my department (Biology
& Life Science) as well as using it myself to engage students.”
- “I teach Microbiology and Zoology...great resources!”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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