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Bugscope for Preservice Teachers- Michele Korb, Ph.D.

Welcome to this informational page about the use of Bugscope in preservice teacher preparation programs in elementary and middle school science. This page has been designed to disseminate some of the ways in which Bugscope has been used in preservice classrooms as well as in inservice teacher classrooms.

Images: “Build a Bug”, Ellen Bergstrom, Grayslake Middle School, IL;  Beetle Claw, Mr. Joe Finn Jr, 5th grade session, Pewaukee, WI

Bugscope, a cyberlearning project, welcomes students and teachers in K-12 and undergraduate classrooms from across the nation and around the world to remotely access and control an environmental scanning electron microscope in real time to study insects using a web browser on their computers. There is no cost to participate. Classrooms propose their own scientific investigation projects. Once projects are scheduled, classrooms can mail in their specimens. The images students and teachers acquire are their own authentic data. Each classroom session has a home page on the Bugscope website with links to all information connected to that session, such as classroom proposal, specimens used, and session transcript. Between 1999 and 2009, there have been Bugscope sessions from over 500 classrooms from over 45 U.S. states. Students and teachers have acquired over 100,000 images. Bugscope is helping to facilitate an interest in scientific enterprise (Bruce, et al., 1997, 2008; Thakkar, et al., 2000).

My journey in using Bugscope in teacher education started in 2000 when I was introduced to it by Umesh Thakkar at a biology workshop for teacher educators in Wisconsin. We have been collaborating since then via email, phone, and Internet conversations that resulted in projects, publications and presentations.

Take a look at the examples here.  Feel free to contact me for more details and other applications of Bugscope to science curriculum in elementary classrooms.


Bruce, B. C., Carragher, B. O., Damon, B. M., Dawson, M. J., Eurell, J. A., Gregory, C. D., Lauterbur, P.C., Marjanovic, M. M., Mason-Fossum, B., Morris, H. D., Potter, C. S., & Thakkar, U. (1997). Chickscope: An interactive MRI classroom curriculum innovation for K-12. Computers & Education: An International Journal29(2), 73-87.

Chickscope: An Interactive MRI Innovation ……

Korb, Michele A. & Thakkar, Umesh (2010) Poster Presentation at the annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Thakkar, U., Carragher, B., Carroll, L., Conway, C., Grosser, B., Kisseberth, N., Potter, C. S., Robinson, S., Sinn-Hanlon, J., Stone, D., & Weber, D. (2000). Formative evaluation of Bugscope: A sustainable world wide laboratory for K-12. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

We have the honor of being the recipients of the prestigious, SPORE Award (Science Prize for Online Resources in Education, July, 2011) from Science magazine. 

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