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"What if expensive but important scientific instruments such as the Hubble telescope, electron microscopes, or even remote sensing satellites were on the network, and students could queue up requests for their use? This is not a farfetched scenario." -- Dr. Elliot Soloway, professor of computer science and education, University of In 1996, Jim Dieckmann's fourth- and fifth-grade students in Chula Vista, California, studied insects by collecting specimens, obtaining information from Web sites onentomology, and creating multimedia reports. Together with their teacher, the studentsdeveloped a set of guidelines, known as an assessment rubric, to evaluate their reports Articles
according to use of text, images, graphics, and sound.
A special school-university partnership provided these students with even more powerful learning experiences. Students sent their insects to nearby San Diego State University, which was connected to their school via fiber optic cable. Through two-way audio andvideo, scientists Steve Barlow and Kathy Williams guided the students in examining their insect specimens under an electron microscope. The students were visibly excited asthey prepared for each online session with the scientists. While many fourth gradersmay never have heard of an "electron microscope," these 10- and 11-year-olds were Miscellaneous
actually using one. A related multimedia feature (digital video clips) shows how thisproject unfolds.
Partnership Provides Low-Cost Access to Advanced Technology Five years ago, that project's use of advanced technology might have seemed out ofreach for most schools. However, in 1999, another innovative partnership with thescientific community made the project done by Jim Dieckmann's class available to potentially every school in the country with an Internet connection.
Cambridge, Leica, LeoSEM repair Warranteed With funding from the National Science Foundation, Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, and others, the University of Illinois's Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology launched Bugscope, where students around the countrycapture insect specimens, send them to the university, and then, through the Internet,control the university's $600,000 environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) for a two-hour period to view their insects. With the encouragement of funders inbusiness and government, this partnership is one of a growing number making remote operation of sophisticated scientific instruments available to K-12 schools.
Beckman scientists designed Bugscope as a Web-based project to be low-cost and sustainable by a small research group. They designed a Web interface for a remote control panel so that students, using their classroom computer and a Web browser, cancontrol the microscope as they discuss their insects with the university's entomologists.
Bugscope also helps to close the Digital Divide -- classrooms with minimal equipment, whether in the inner- city or an isolated rural area, can utilize Bugscope. Some schools have accessed Bugscope using a single computer and modem. Others have sophisticated computer labs with high-speed Internet connections. The project is available to K-12 schools at no cost.
Bugscope capitalizes on students' fascination with insects, like this hairy-legged waterbug. Credit: Beckman Institute, Bugscope Project Latest Blog Posts
Since the first classroom logged onto Bugscope in March 1999, more than 1,500 students in almost 60 schools have participated, from kindergarten through high school.
In 1999 alone, students collected over 4,000 images from the electron microscope.
Bugscope's goal is to reach up to 100 classrooms a year. Dr. Clint Potter, project co- director, believes that "for most youngsters, bugs are second in popularity only to dinosaurs. We are hoping to channel that enthusiasm for bugs to get students interestedin and excited about scientific research.
http://www.digitaldivide.net/articles/view.php?ArticleID=691 DDN Articles - Bugscope: Magnifying the Connection Between Students, Science, and Scientists At a school in the Ozarks, a 10th-grade biology class used the electron microscope to examine small aquatic insects as indicators of water quality. The region faces issues of water pollution caused by runoff from chicken, hog, and cattle operations. The high school students collected insect larvae, daphnia, and snail eggs from local water sources and examined them under the microscope, making a total of 230 images.
Teachers can apply to participate in Bugscope from the project's Web site. Credit: campus, one where we walkedup to the door without going Teachers submitting evaluations emphasize the students' excitement and motivation and comment on the project's effective use of the Internet. As Pam Van Walleghen, a teacher at Urbana Middle School in Urbana, Illinois, testified, "Giving students the opportunity to do 'real science' using state-of-the-art technology is about as exciting as education can get." Bugscope engages students in the scientific process and gives them experience with the realities of scientific research.
| May 26 Tonight was the final night of the Bugscope grew out of Chickscope, another Beckman Institute project that allowed students to study magnetic resonance images (MRI) of developing chicken embryos via the Web. Chickscope encountered problems with the high cost of the technology and the time commitment required from professional scientists. It now continues as an image Young, Frankie Manning's son,dancing on behalf of his dad with High School and College Students Act as Bugscope Staff 95 follows. Continuing thetradition started at Frankie's One key to the sustainability of Bugscope is the training of local high school students, who prepare the specimens and perform the initial microscope setup. Given the highcost of professional staff, a University of Illinois entomology major is employed to participate in the online discussion with students. Teachers report that their students respond very positively to communicating with the Bugscope team in real time while they The Bugscope project has also automated many project administration and data handling tasks. Online applications from teachers are automatically archived into a database for review and scheduling by staff. During each online session, images are stored for later retrieval by the classrooms or other interested groups.
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In just seven years, Professor Elliot Soloway's vision of the Internet has become areality, connecting students and teachers to scientists and their own high-tech tools.
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