Archive for October, 2010

October 24th, 2010

MicroGlobalScope Pilot Begins

Microscopes are on their way to schools across the globe as part of the pilot round of Science House Foundation’s MicroGlobalScope program. Eight schools in five different countries will be receiving packages over the next week, as the parcels make their way from New York to Kansas, Ohio, Florida, Bangkok, Bogota, Sydney and Copenhagen.

With microscopes in hand, students and teachers will log on to the project virtual classroom to learn how to set up the equipment, and also get familiarized with basic microscopy techniques such as preparing slides and focusing. Lessons are provided by renowned educational advisors, including the Biobus, 2010 NSF “Einstein fellow” Dan Menelly and a number of guest scientists. Classes will also learn how to take images and video through the lens of their microscopes and upload them to the website via usb. Neat!

The first project will have students collecting samples of pond water, foods, plants and materials and sharing their findings with the world. Watch the schools’ blogs over the next few weeks to see what each school finds.

Applications are currently open for the launch of the project in January 2011. Visit the MicroGlobalScope website to find out more.

October 20th, 2010

Terrabotic – First Challenge

The Science House Foundation has been holding a number of planning meetings with the teachers spearheading the new Terrabotic program, a collaborative high school robotics program for school around the world.

The program has been received very positively by the students, who have begun using the equipment and sharing challenges, such as this first challenge from Ontario, Canada. Great challenge Ontario!

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October 17th, 2010

Get involved in the Planet Checkup

The students and teachers from Ambridge PA all remember one evening in 2006 when black soot began raining from the sky, the result of a somewhat mysterious incident at a local power plant. The soot eventually abated, but left behind the idea that citizens, in particular students, ought to be able to find out what’s in the air they are breathing.

Earlier this year, a local teacher submitted a request for equipment to start such a project and together we are helping them to create a student environmental task force, capable of collecting accurate and independent results. So far the school has been monitoring ozone levels in the local area. See their results and blog here.

The Science House Foundation wishes to provide professional-level environmental monitoring equipment to other schools around the US and abroad. Is there an environmental investigation you want to carry out? What equipment would you love to have, but cannot afford with your school’s budget? Visit the Foundation’s Planet Checkup initiative and get in touch with us to share your ideas.