National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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 the program.

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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