HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
'Bugscope' Gives Internet Users Anywhere Chance To Study Insects

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- With a computer and an Internet connection, young students in classrooms across the country can focus their eyes on insects and do their own research by signing on to Bugscope.

"I think for most youngsters, bugs are second in popularity only to dinosaurs," said Clint Potter, co-director of Bugscope, which is based at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois. "We are hoping to channel that enthusiasm for bugs to get high school students, and even younger kids, interested in and excited about scientific research."

Online testing began in March. So far, schools in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the Virgin Islands have applied to use Bugscope.

Members of Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group made a recently acquired environmental scanning electron microscope available to schools that are accepted into the program. With their computers, users can command the microscope to take specific images of the bugs under study.

A scanning electron microscope uses sophisticated technology to examine the three-dimensional structure of surfaces in great detail. Students can see bug parts that are undetectable to the naked eye. Bugscope can serve as a jumping-off point for many in-class projects, such as a thorough study of entomology, an understanding of microscopy, and a basic understanding of what is involved in scientific research.

"Our goal is really to get the students to look beyond their textbooks," Potter said. "That is what Bugscope is all about -- making science interesting and exciting. We also hope it will serve as a model for future outreach efforts."

Four high school students at University High School in Urbana, Ill., have been trained to run the microscope. They will prepare specimens and put them in the microscope's viewing chamber. David Stone, an entomologist and teacher at Universit
'"/>

Contact: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
b-james3@uiuc.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
31-Mar-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Bone Marrow Gives Rise To Functioning Liver Cells, University Of Pittsburgh Scientists Discover
2. Glowing Cyanobacteria Gives Researchers New Clues To Circadian Rhythms
3. Technique Gives Researchers New Look At Genetic Activity In Living Cells
4. Suicide Response Gives Colorado State Researchers Important Clues On Preventing Bacterial Invasion In Crops Worldwide
5. Widespread Genus Of Monkeys Gives Up Genealogical Secrets To Columbia Researchers
6. Mutate Or Die: New Polymerase Gives Desperate Yeast An Option
7. UAB creates the first Internet server to search for genetic diversity
8. Genes, neurons, and the Internet found to have some identical organizing principles
9. Researchers make key genome public on the Internet
10. Dieting study finds Internet effective in producing initial weight loss
11. Educators Launch Internet Based Workshop On Pollution Prevention

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/18/2017)... 18, 2017  Socionext Inc., a global expert in SoC-based imaging ... server, the M820, which features the company,s hybrid codec technology. A ... Tera Probe, Inc., will be showcased during the upcoming Medtec Japan ... at the Las Vegas Convention Center April ... Click here for ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , Apr. 11, 2017 Research and ... Market 2017-2021" report to their offering. ... The global eye tracking market to grow at a ... report, Global Eye Tracking Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on ... covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... 2017 Today HYPR Corp. , leading ... component of the HYPR platform is officially FIDO® ... security architecture that empowers biometric authentication across Fortune 500 ... secured over 15 million users across the financial services ... home product suites and physical access represent a growing ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... any gene in its endogenous context, enabling overexpression experiments and avoiding the use ... with small RNA guides is transformative for performing systematic gain-of-function studies. , ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... 11, 2017 , ... Proscia Inc ., a data ... titled, “Pathology is going digital. Is your lab ready?” with Dr. Nicolas Cacciabeve, ... and how Proscia improves lab economics and realizes an increase in diagnostic confidence.* ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... , ... Disappearing forests and increased emissions are the main causes of the ... Especially those living in larger cities are affected by air pollution related diseases. , ... pollution-affected countries globally - decided to take action. , “I knew I had to ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events ... announced today. The bold new look is part of a transformation to increase ... a significant growth period. , It will also expand its service offering from its ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: