California State University, East Bay
Session 2010-011



Name California State University, East Bay
Web site USA
Location Hayward, CA, US
Community Suburban
Type Public


Subjects Science Education (K through 12)
Students All interested National Lab Day participants


Title National Lab Day
Insects California Garden Spiders and a Beetle
Description National Lab Day is an important day for me as a science educator and a teacher educator. It is an opportunity for me to share my story. As a science educator, who prepares future teachers to engage their students in inquiry-based science lessons, I am most interested in how new technologies can capture the imaginations of students. One of the first steps of the learning cycle is to ENGAGE student. Bugscope allows students to engage in their own learning - by asking their own questions and getting answers directly from experts ranging from computer scientists to entomologists. When students can explore the world of an insect in fascinating detail and have control over what they can explore, there is deeper meaning and ownership of the content gained from that experience. There is a sense of community built in each Bugscope session that lends to this ownership as well. Please join me. I will be happy to answer any questions. Also, you can view the poster about Bugscope in science classrooms from the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.


Where did you hear
about Bugscope?
Umesh Thakkar