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High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab

This Web Seminar took place on November 13, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rachel Power, NASA Explorer Schools and Digital Learning Network Coordinator at NASA Kennedy Space Center. In this program Ms. Power talked about using virtual microscopes to engage high school students with life science and physical science concepts.

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 was the first presentation of High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab for the 2012–13 school year. In this seminar, Ms. Power provided background information on NASA’s search for life on other planets. Then she talked about the technology that allows scientists to closely examine specimens from space and compare them to specimens found on Earth. Ms. Power talked about the different tools available on the Virtual Lab website, including the atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope, and fluorescence light microscope. Participants discussed strategies for using the Virtual Lab site in their own classrooms and viewed videos that showed students at work examining specimens.

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:

  • “I am thrilled that this type of training is offered. The virtual lab is very neat and it is wonderful that we can at least show our students the equipment that we can't even dream of affording can do.”
  • “Great Ideas on how to add technology to classroom lessons!”
  • “Great resources, incredible images, engaging videos.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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