Every day, I’m just so excited about what others are doing (and freely sharing the resources) to help our students learn in new ways; I’m hopeful that this cognitive overload will indeed change our education model. Today I came across Bugscope from the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and just can’t wait to share it with our natural science department.
What is Bugscope?
The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from theBeckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports K-16 classrooms worldwide.
Bugscope allows teachers everywhere to provide students with the opportunity to become microscopists themselves—the kids propose experiments, explore insect specimens at high-magnification, and discuss what they see with our scientists—all from a regular web browser over a standard broadband internet connection.