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February 14th, 2013

MicroGlobalScope and the Davidson Institute: Collaborating on International Science Education

One of Science House Foundation’s newest collaborators in 2012 was the Davidson Institute at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. The Davidson Institute has a series of science education programs for children in the region. We wanted to bring a cross-section of the children they work with into our MicroGlobalScope network, which is presently connecting kids, teachers and scientists in 25 countries. Science House Foundation provided two MicroGlobalScope kits to the Davidson Institute to provide to two different schools in Israel, one each Arabic and Hebrew-speaking. Our partnership with the Davidson Institute, as with many of our partners on the ground in countries augments our mission of sparking the imaginations of kids worldwide about the excitement of science by creating an additional layer of consistency and stability.

Dr. Ariel Heimann of the Davidson Institute gave a speech at Science House earlier this week and shared with us a report by Drs. Yossi Elran and Carmel Bar about how the past year went for them. We are pleased to share this with you. It provides an honest and accurate take on the first, year, including one of the challenges we face periodically, which is that technology sent halfway around the world can fail. In this case, the Celestron Microscope we purchased failed. Since it is an international shipment we have to purchase a new one. The challenges of running an international NGO is not without challenges.

We welcome your input. You an also support the work of Science House Foundation by helping us purchase microscopy kits. We invite you to donate today to help us change the lives of kids worldwide through science.

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.