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Facilitating Scientific Investigations and Training Data Scientists

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Science  29 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6042, pp. 534-535
DOI: 10.1126/science.1196981

Figures

  • Microscopy suite.

    The microscope is used by remote classrooms, as well as by Beckman research scientists.

    PHOTO CREDIT: UMESH THAKKAR
  • An illustration of live chat interaction.

    Students take control not only of the microscope but also of posing questions to experts (2010-106 session). Responses are intentionally made accessible for students in different grades.

    PHOTO CREDIT: UMESH THAKKAR
  • Questions asked while acquiring an image.

    An image acquired during a fifth-grade classroom session facilitated by a graduate of the preservice teacher education program at Marquette University (2009-154 session). Students viewed a loose wing scale on the antenna of a yellow butterfly (358×). While the image was present on the screen, questions were posed to experts, such as, “What is the purpose of an antenna?” and “What does it take to be you guys? What type of classes do you take?”

    PHOTO CREDIT: IMAGE ACQUIRED BY STUDENTS (2009-154 SESSION)

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