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.