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Building Simple Microscopes for Schools: Leveraging Hands-on Activities for Effective Science Engagement
For science engagement enthusiasts, have you ever wondered how to plan for simple, interactive activities with a broad reach of participants? Dr. Bob Goldstein, James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor of Biology at UNC Chapel Hill, will share his experience using hand-made microscopes for science outreach.

In this webinar, Dr. Goldstein will introduce us to his curiosity-driven journey from smartphone-based magnifiers to hand-made microscopes. He will describe how he transitioned this activity from college lecture halls to elementary school classrooms, and the successes/challenges along the way. ASCB Public Engagement Grant awardees and team members, Dr. Quyen Aoh, Molly Gordon, and Dr. Kristin Kirschbaum, will join the second half of the webinar for a moderated panel discussion with live questions.

In this webinar, you will learn:

How to incorporate hands-on activities in science outreach
How to adapt science outreach activities to different groups of audiences
How to get funding for science engagement events with hands-on activities

Bob Goldstein is the James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor of Biology at UNC Chapel Hill. He has developed workshops where elementary school teachers learn to build their own low-cost smartphone- or iPad-based microscopes. To date, this effort has built 540 low-cost microscopes, most for North Carolina public elementary schools in low-income regions of the state. The workshops also train other scientists to reproduce and further develop the effort in other regions of the country and in foreign schools. His lab uses C. elegans to discover fundamental mechanisms in cell and developmental biology, and they have developed tardigrades as an emerging model organism.

Quyen Aoh, Associate Professor of Biology, Gannon University
Molly Gordon, PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Kristin Kirschbaum, Director of the Instrumentation Center, the University of Toledo

Oct 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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