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High-Power Microscopes: The Virtual Lab

This web seminar introduced participating educators to the various virtual microscopes available within the Virtual Lab software. The seminar provided an overview of the atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope, and fluorescence light microscope programmed into this virtual tool and showed 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

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone program. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters' PowerPoint presentations will be available through the links on this web page. Learn more about the features of the web seminars and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

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