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High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab

This web seminar took place on February 26, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this program Ms. Phipps 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 second presentation of High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab for the 2012–13 school year. In this seminar Ms. Phipps 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. Phipps 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:

  • “Outstanding! Very relevant and useful in the classroom.”
  • “I love the NES web seminars! Great information presented with ideas on how to implement them in the classroom.”

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


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