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What is MicroGlobalScope?

MicroGlobalScope is a Science House Foundation/Biobus program that donates microscopes to primary schools around the world and provides an online platform for students to share their findings.

The project is designed for students 10-12 years of age (5th-6th grade), and their teachers. The project aims to encourage students to indulge their curiosity about the microscopic world by giving them the tools to see it up close. Students will also play an integral part in building a world-first, global, educational resource to inspire other budding biologists, and to add to our scientific understanding of the distribution of microbiological life around the world.

In addition to its educational goals, MicroGlobalScope aims to bring students from all around the world together, through a shared excitement for science and discovery, encouraging scientific collaboration and global friendships amongst the world’s future citizens.

Who is involved?

Science House Foundation is partnering with The BioBus to bring MicroGlobalScope to schools around the world.

The Science House Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving science education for children everywhere.

The Biobus is a mobile laboratory on wheels bringing advanced scientific equipment and education to communities that lack these resources.

Resources

All participating schools will receive two microscopes – one high magnification microscope for the classroom and one handheld microscope that can be taken out into the field. Schools will also receive books on microscopy, and the instructional videos on the Microglobalscope website to help students to get started.

The Microscopes that the project will use are:

Celestron LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope (view)

Zarbeco MiScope (view)

Schools will also receive:

  • Canon Powershot SD1300
  • 4G Memory Card
  • Plastic Pipettes
  • Glass slides
  • Plastic Cover Slips
  • Plastic Petri dishes

The following books will be delivered together with the microscopes:

“Guide to Microlife” by Kenneth G. Rainis (view)

“The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope: Internet Linked” by Kirsteen Rogers (view)

How the project works

The MicroGlobalScope project will involve the students in your class collecting samples of microscopic organisms, from sources such as puddles or pools of standing water, leaf litter and other locations where microbial life can be found. Students will bring the samples back to their classroom to examine under the microscopes and identify with the help of their teacher and the microscopy resources provided.

An important aspect of MicroGlobalScope is collaboration and communication through the MicroGlobalScope website www.microglobalscope.org. Here classes will blog about their activities and upload photographs, to share with their international peers.

How the project can be incorporated into your school curriculum

The way that classes participate in MicroGlobalScope is flexible. For example, you may choose to:

* Integrate MicroGlobalScope into your science class by having students bring in water samples, then look for microbes together as a class.
* Make MicroGlobalScope an elective activity by allowing enthusiastic students to look at their water samples over a lunch period or after school.

Timeline

We are currently accepting expressions of interest to join the project. If you are a teacher of a 5th or 6th grade class (ages 10-12) and are interested in being involved, we invite you to apply.

Our pilot program began in November and, with the help of our launch schools, we will be developing the program over the next couple of months.

We aim to expand the program to approximately 50 schools in the early part of 2011. Applications are now open! Apply here »

For more information

To learn more about MicroGlobalScope, email us at info@microglobalscope.org .