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High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab

The focus of this web seminar was learning to use the various virtual microscopes available within the Virtual Lab software. Participants received information about downloading the free program and instructions for installing the software onto their computers. Educators were provided with an overview of the atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope, and fluorescence light microscope programmed into this virtual tool. They also learned how to control them to achieve the best results. During the session participants watched videos of students exploring specimens using the virtual microscopes.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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