Stemi 305 stereo microscope demonstrates STEM educational concepts to teachers in New Mexico
ZEISS announces that it participated in a Teachers’ Camp held by ASM International for high school-level STEM instructors at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ZEISS donated a Stemi 305 stereo microscope with integrated wireless camera to the ASM Educational Foundation, which was used during the Teachers’ Camp and then given to the classroom of Margaret Showalter, one of the master teachers who organized and led the event.
The camp lasted five days, and ZEISS Product Marketing Manager Chris Souwand participated on the first day in order to set up the microscope and demonstrate its capabilities. The master teachers who facilitated the camp then used the microscope throughout the event, organizing activities to teach participating teachers about material properties and projecting microscope images that corresponded to the activities in order to foster discussion among the entire group.
“The interactive Digital Classroom by ZEISS enables instructors to give their students a closer look at the materials or organisms that they are studying, and to provide a shared experience that can then foster discussion and learning among the entire group of students,” Souwand said. “Utilizing the microscope and associated technology during the Teachers’ Camp enabled the master teachers who facilitated the event to add an additional, engaging dimension to their activities and instructions and to provide inspiration to the other instructors present regarding the education possibilities of microscopy.”
ZEISS Digital Classroom technology helps to produce an engaging atmosphere that motivates students to discover their field of study and to reach their learning goals. With ZEISS microscopes and the imaging app Labscope, it is easy to create a digital classroom with a single microscope or a network of connected school microscopes. Instructors can monitor all student microscopes from an iPad or iPhone, and can easily project real-time images.
ZEISS Stemi 305 with its 5:1 zoom is ideal for educational environments. Stemi 305 allows users to observe samples as they are – three-dimensional and crisp in contrast – with no preparation required. The microscope is easy to use and fully integrated, including long-living LED illumination for reflected and transmitted light and documentation. The microscope is available with a conventional phototube for access to all ZEISS microscope cameras, or with an integrated 1.2 Megapixel Wi-Fi camera, which allows users to wirelessly connect several microscopes and share images.
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