Small Creatures Under the Microscope - the Exploratorium

Keeping an Eye on Microscopic Research!
The seventh seminar in the NSDL series, "Small Creatures Under the Microscope -The Exploratorium", was held on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Microscopist researcher Dr. Kristina Yu, educator and biologist Dr. Karen Kalumuck, and learning technologist, Dr. Sherry Hsi, demonstrated The Exploratorium's Microscope Imaging Station in a highly interactive program that showcased online resources within the NSDL collection.

Participants answer a question from the presenters. Sixty-three (63) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

In this seminar, the presenters introduced the audience to the Microscope Imaging Station and the array of images, movies, and supportive materials provided by researchers in The Exploratorium's fully functioning lab. Visitors to the museum can manipulate the lab's microscopes and view samples of plant and animal cells and watch movies related to cell division and development. These images are available on The Exploratorium's website for educators to incorporate in their teaching, especially if there is limited access to microscopes in their classrooms. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide about Organisms, grades 5-8.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "With the new standards in Science I will need to learn more about Life Science."
  • "Overall I believe that this seminar was great. It was very interesting to me and the content is something that is very relevant to most science classes."
  • "I was not familiar with the online resource. It is a wonderful resource. I look forward to using it and to sharing it with colleagues."
  • "We just bought microscopes for the community centers I work with and it will be great to give them these pictures and the website to look at."

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


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