Connected on 2012-01-30 12:30:00
from Johnson, Kansas, United States
- 7:41 am
- Bugscope Teamsample is pumping down in the 'scope
- Bugscope Teamthis is a CCD camera view of the specimen chamber
- Bugscope Teamwe're waiting for the vacuum to get better -- good enough so that we can turn on the electron beam
- Bugscope Teamonce we turn on the beam, we will make a couple of quick adjustments and then look around on the sample stage
- Bugscope Teamthat is when we choose elements of the sample that will become presets -- locations on the stage that we think are cool, for the kids to see
- Bugscope Teamalmost time to start the beam...
- 7:49 am
- 7:55 am
- Bugscope Teamready to roll!
- Bugscope Teamand be right back...
- 8:05 am
- Bugscope Teamback!
- 8:10 am
- Bugscope Teamthis is a moth's compound eye, and you can see a few scales as well
- Bugscope TeamHi Pam!
- Bugscope TeamCan you read this?
- Bugscope TeamHi Sally!
- 8:15 am
- Bugscope Teamwelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamI see that you had to log on as guests.
- GuestScott this is Pam but it wouldn't let me sign in as Pam so I did guest and put Pam and it let me in for a second.
- Bugscope TeamYou are on as Pam, as a guest, and also Sally, as a guest
- Bugscope Teamso I have just given you control, as Sally
- Bugscope Teamyou can select from the presets on the lefthand screen if you would like
- Bugscope Teamif you click on one, the 'scope will drive to that place on the stub
- Bugscope Teamalso, where you are now, you can use the controls at the top of the screen to drive -- to change mag, focus, etc.
- Bugscope Teamnow you are on the yellowjacket stinger
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that this is live imaging
- Bugscope Teambecause the image we see does not match the preset
- GuestMine doesn't show the whole screen but I can change things.
Bugscope Teamyou can modify the resolution of your computer screen to suit this
- 8:20 am
- Bugscope Teamyou can click within the image to get a feature to center
- Bugscope Teamthis is an older sample I put in, and samples do not age well unless we keep them in desiccators
- Guestok - will the students then be seeing the same one? Do the kids ask questions with you or do they ask you to change things?
- Bugscope Teamthe students will see a brand new sample that we will make just before the session
- Bugscope Teamthe kids can ask questions by typing in the chat box, and whoever is on the computer at your end can be given control of the microscope if you wish
- Bugscope TeamCate and I will be here to answer the kids' questions
- Bugscope Teamtoday I just grabbed a few things for presets, quickly
- Bugscope Teamon Monday we will have more presets
- GuestOkay - they can't change things tho right?
Bugscope Teamyou mean can they crash the 'scope?
- Bugscope Teamone person at a time can drive
- GuestWhat I'm seeing is how they will see it right?
Bugscope Teamthat is correct
- 8:26 am
- Bugscope Teamkids who are logged onto other computers, if there are any, will not see the controls at the top of the screen. only the person driving sees the controls, but otherwise everything looks like this
- Bugscope TeamCate and I can drive as well; we can tweak focus, etc.
- Bugscope Teamkids seem to pick up control of the 'scope very easily. it's probably like a super simple video game to them
- Bugscope Teamall of the text and the images are automatically stored into your Bugscope members page
- Bugscope Teamhttp://bugscope.beckman.illinois.edu/members/2011-150
- Bugscope Teamdid you not have the option to log on as a teacher, or as a student?
- GuestI'm in one of the labs and need to check the other 2 labs. Do you suggest I sign on as a guest?
Bugscope TeamYou will for sure need to log on with a different name, and you can log on as a student if you wish
- GuestI couldn't sign on as a teacher only as a guest
Bugscope Teamnot sure where the problem is there
- 8:31 am
- Bugscope Teambut you can do everything you want as a guest, etc., because we will be giving you control manually
- Bugscope Teamso Yes try logging in from another lab and leave this open if you wish
- 8:44 am
- Bugscope TeamHey! You're a teacher!
- Bugscope TeamWelcome back! Is it working for you?
- TeacherYes! I can't believe it worked.
- Bugscope Teamsweet
- TeacherGoing to try the other lab!
- Bugscope Teamawesome
- 8:53 am
- Bugscope TeamBart! Hello! Welcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamPlease let us know when you have questions.
- Bugscope TeamAnd Junior, Hello!
- Bugscope TeamBart I just gave you control of the microscope.
- GuestScott it's me again in the 3rd lab. I signed in as a student to make sure it worked and it told me to log in again. But I guess Bart made it in:)
- Bugscope Teamha Yeah I am not sure what's going on but I am happy to have you here with things working.
- Bugscope TeamJunior now has control.
- Bugscope Teamthis is the edge of the antenna over the compound eye, to the right
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the placoid sensillae in/on the surface of the antenna
- GuestI agree:) The 6th graders are going to love this.
Bugscope TeamI think it's a good age to work with.
- GuestI need to go but will talk to you Monday. I'll sign in around 11:45 on Monday and hopefully everything is working.
Bugscope TeamTotally Cool. Look forward to seeing you Monday!
- Bugscope TeamThank you, Pam!
- 9:02 am
- Bugscope Teamshutting down, for now...
- 11:17 am
- Bugscope TeamHello!
- Bugscope TeamSample is now pumping down for today's session -- Monday, January 30, with Holy Trinity School in Lenexa KS.
- Bugscope Teamonce the sample chamber reaches vacuum, we will turn on the electron beam and start making presets.
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- 11:22 am
- Bugscope Teamvacuum is almost ready
- Bugscope Teamand now we can start working on presets for this session
- 11:28 am
- 11:33 am
- 11:39 am
- 11:47 am
- 11:52 am
- 11:59 am
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready!
- Bugscope Teamthe aphid's cornicle is also called a siphunculus
- Bugscope Teamwe are ready here
- 12:05 pm
- GuestI'm with Holy Trinity but signed up as a guest in one of the labs.
- Bugscope Teamhey Cool
- Bugscope TeamWelcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope TeamSally please let us know if you would like to drive, to test things out. We are finished making presets and thus ready for the session to start at any time.
- Bugscope TeamI just gave you control of the microscope
- 12:11 pm
- Bugscope Teamabsolutely
- Guestpaml is now signed on as a guest on this computer - can this computer have control?
Bugscope Teamyou now have control
- GuestThanks - it is me (Robin - another teacher with Pam). The students will be with us about 12:30 or a little after. What will we be looking at?
- Bugscope TeamPlease feel free to check out the presets, on the screen you can access by clicking on the lefthand arrow.
- Bugscope TeamIf you click on one of those, the 'scope will drive to that place, and you can explore from there -- take the mag up or down, change focus, click on a feature to center it, etc.
- Bugscope TeamOnly one person can drive at a time.
- GuestWhat are presets?
Bugscope Teamthey're places on the stub we prepared for you that have specific cool or interesting stuff we thought the kids would like
- GuestCan we let a student take the controls?
Bugscope Teamyes just let us know who
- 12:18 pm
- GuestCan this be done by changing the computer that is in control since we are in 3 different lab rooms? Do we just let you know whose name can control it?
Bugscope Teamyes please, just let me know who you would like to drive.
- GuestSom eof the terms are unfamilar to me... like mag?
Bugscope Teammagnification or how zoomed in we are
- Bugscope Teamor let us know -- Cate can give you control as well, of course
- GuestIt would be great if we could have 3 computers in control, then we could have 1 in each lab and just invite students up to work it.
- GuestSo all of these are in the microscope now?
Bugscope Teamyes they are. and they are all dead and in a vacuum
- 12:25 pm
- GuestGreat (very cool stuff!) so when the students come, do you give them an intro or us?
Bugscope Teamyou can tell them that today they have the opportunity to see insects in a way they've likely never seen them before, and that when they have questions for us to feel free to relay them to you.
- Bugscope Teamyou're driving a $600,000 scanning electron microscope from your school
- GuestGuess i asked another question without waiting for your reply. Can we have 3 computers in control?
Bugscope Teamonly one at a time -- otherwise there's chaos
- Bugscope Teambut we can confer control to whomever you'd like, and you can still ask us questions and see the replies
- Bugscope Teamplease do check out the presets; whoever has control on your end can click on any of them, and the 'scope will put it on the central screen here
- GuestWe cant break it can we? We will just switch computers then about every 20 min so each group can do it, if that works.
Bugscope Teamha Yeah you can'
- Bugscope Teamt break it...
- Bugscope Teamall good -- do what's best to make it work for you, and let us help whenever we can
- 12:33 pm
- Bugscope Teamthis is a wasp
- Bugscope Teamyou can see the compound eyes, the mandibles that open side to side, the bases of the antennae
- GuestWe are here and our students are signing in now.
Bugscope Teamtotally cool!
- Bugscope Teamhi everyone!
- GuestStudents, we will invite one at a time to control the microscope and then take one question from each class.
- Bugscope Teamyes Hello!
- Bugscope Teamhello AbbyW, MollyY, MeganL, ReganL, AllisonC, SophieS...
- Bugscope Teamwow
- Bugscope Teamplease let us know when you have questions
- Bugscope Teamthis is the base of the antenna of a wasp
- 12:38 pm
- Bugscope Teamand this is what it's whole head looks like
- Bugscope Teamthey have big compound eyes that wrap around their heads allowing them to see almost 360 degrees around
- Bugscope Teamthese are live images, although the wasp is dead
- Guesthi I am joe
Bugscope TeamHi Joe -- Welcome to Bugscope!
- Bugscope Teamwho would like to drive?
Bugscope TeamHi Regan!
- Bugscope TeamHi Ben! Thank you for connecting with us today!
- Guesthola muy bien
- Guesthi how are u guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bugscope Teamwe are good; it's quiet here
Bugscope TeamHi Jake!
Bugscope TeamHello Clairever!
- Studentmary margret!\
- Studenthi regan
- Bugscope TeamHello Quinn, and Cos!
- Guesthello people
- GuesthI ARE YOU
- GuestWhat are we going to look at?
Bugscope Teamthis, right now -- can you see it? -- is a flying aphid
- Bugscope Teamaphids are plant pests, and they often do not have wings
- Studenthi sj
- Studentomg brady
- Guestwe are not in mexico
Bugscope TeamDude where did that come from? You're in, like greater Kansas City, right?
- Studentwho is cos
- Bugscope Teamaphids suck the juices out of plant leaves and cause a lot of damage
- 12:43 pm
- Studentclaire sasenick
- Bugscope Teamso aphids are those annoying little pests that ladybugs are known for eating
- Bugscope Teamants sometimes attack aphids, for which aphids have at least one defense, and sometimes ants 'farm' aphids
- Guestthis is cool
- Studentmexico really mexico
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that the aphid has piercing/sucking mouthparts
- Bugscope Teamthe bumpy part on the right is one of the aphid's compound eyes
- Bugscope Teamto the left you could see one of its six arms/legs
- Bugscope Teamthe individual facets of the eye are called 'ommatidia.'
- Bugscope Teamthe background with the dark lines and sometimes bubbly look is the carbon tape we use to stick the insects on
- Bugscope Teamthe bits of stuff on it are not part of the eye. It could be dust or dirt or from the drying process we put it through
- 12:49 pm
- GuestWhat is a COMPOUND eye?
Bugscope Teamit's an eye that has many lenses, of facets -- what are called ommatidia -- to collect the images that the insect sees
- Bugscope Teamcompound eyes are really helpful to have because, for one thing, they help the insect see changes in its visual field very quickly, and thus help the insect get out of danger
- Guestwhat is a flying aphid?
Bugscope Teammost aphids do not have wings and just live on leaves; but sometimes, especially if they are running out of space, new aphids will hatch with wings, which then let them fly elsewhere to eat
- Bugscope Teami usually notice aphids i think in the later part of summer when the ladybugs come in abundance. They kind of look like little gnats and stick to you.
- Bugscope Teamthis is the hatch where the mexican jumping bean moth comes out
- 12:54 pm
- Guestwhat is your favorite specimen to look at?
Bugscope Teamit changes, for me, but I really like weevils, earwigs, and leafhoppers
- Guesthow long have u worked with microscopes?
Bugscope Teami have been working with them since 2005, and a bit longer for Scot (SJ)...
- GuestThis is Mrs. Wooten (Mrs. Luby's helper). Can you turn the controls over to this computer now.
Bugscope Teamgot it!
- GuestHi, is it fun to work with microscopes? And what are mandibles
- Studentwhat made you start Bugscope
- Bugscope Teamthis is the wasp's tongue, and you can see the tiny flat-ended setae that help it pick up liquids
- Guesthow much could you magnify a bug
- Bugscope Teamand Maddie you can of course also ask us
- Bugscope Teamand Maddie you can of course also ask us
- Studentdo you know how many specimans you have looked at ?
Bugscope Teamhard to say. We use fresh specimens for each bugscope session, and we have done hundreds of sessions!
- Bugscope Teamd'oh
- Student what is that
- Studenthow thats a lot of specimans
- 12:59 pm
- StudentWhat is the highest magnification this microsope can go to?
- Guestwhat is a aphid??
- Guestis that its nose
- Studentwhat do wasp eat
Bugscope Teamdepends on the species, but often it is sugary liquids, such as nectar from flowers
- Guestwere those jagged things, are those his teeth?
- Guestwhat is a aphid?
Bugscope Teamit's a tiny insect that feeds on leaves and can actually damage them
- Bugscope Teamyou can see that we are looking at the wasp's face now, way up close
- Studentwhat are those little hairs
Bugscope Teamthe little hairs are called 'setae,' and they can be touch sensitive, or smell or scent sensitive, or hot/cold sensitive
- 1:04 pm
- Guestwas that its nose
- Studentwhat is your favorite bug to look under the microscope?
Bugscope Teamprobably mites
- Studentwhat is your favorite thing about microscopes???
Bugscope Teamit is cool to see things that are super small in great detail -- things we could not see before
- Studenthow come wasps have hairs on their noses?
Bugscope Teamthe hairs help them sense their environment, because they don't have skin like we do -- their exoskeleton is kind of like wearing armor
- Guesthow do you choose the specimans to look at ?
Bugscope Teamwe try to make a nice assortment of what we have 'in stock'
- Studentcan you see colorful specimen in this microscope
Bugscope TeamAbby we cannot see color because the images come to us as signal from electrons, which are smaller than color. It's a way of imaging that has no color, which comes from light, whereas we are using electrons rather than light
- StudentI was wondering in the picture of the flying aphid, it looks like it's on top of another wing is it ?
Bugscope Teamyes, Piper -- it is on its back and has its wings spread out behind it. I hope that is what you meant...
- 1:10 pm
- Student hi
- Studentwhat makes a wasp stinger poisenous
- Bugscope Teamthings are really slow right now -- we're sorry
- Student Do you like looking at living thins better or worse than non living things.
- 1:15 pm
- Guestwhat is the total magnafication that you can put on a bug
- Guestwhat are you studying right now with the wasp's head
Bugscope Teamit is just a sample, but we are interested in the pores on either side of the head, called anterior tentorial pits.
- Studenthow long does it take to prepare a specimen
- GuestHow long does it take to prepare a specimen?
Bugscope Team20 minutes to a half hour, maybe
- Bugscope Teamthose are talons, in a way -- they're a fly
- StudentWhat makes a wasps stinger poiseouses
Bugscope Teamthey have a venom gland inside the abdomen that produces the venom, or toxin
- GuestAre those talons.
Bugscope Teamkind of -- they are claws
- StudentThis is Mrs. Wooten again, can you please turn over control to this computer now?
- GuestWhat is the smallest bug you can see on the electron microscope?
Bugscope Teamwe can see mites, easily, and on this stub there are bacteria, which are much smaller; we can see them no problem
- GuestThis is Mrs. Wooten can you please turn over control to this computer
Bugscope TeamI turned it over to you as LaurenL
- 1:20 pm
- Bugscope TeamMrs Wooten we have a lot of lag because so many people are on. I am sorry. But please be sure to let us know how we can help.
- Studenthow about this ocmputer
- Studenthow did you fall in love with microscopes
Bugscope Teamit wasn't too hard
Bugscope TeamAbby once you see what is possible it gets to be so exciting to see what everything looks like.
- Guestslide chose by jw
Bugscope Teamtotally cool. these are moth scales, up close
- StudentLaurenL is not connected any longer. how about this one
- StudentZarn H is now Mrs. Wooten
Bugscope Teamyou have control now!
- 1:25 pm
- Guesthow long does it take to prepare a specimen?
Bugscope Team20 minutes to maybe 30 minutes; we use a sputter coater to put gold-palladium on it so the sample will conduct electrons
- Studentdo you have to buy the gold
Bugscope Teamyes we buy it as an alloy with palladium, so it actually looks silvery
- Guestwhat are weevils, earwigs, and leafhoppers? and have you ever looked at a ladybug?
Bugscope Teamweevils are plant pests with long snouts, mostly; they are kind of cute. Earwigs are also plant pests, and they have pincher tails. Leafhoppers are small, with pointy heads, and they are super rad looking. We have looked at ladybyugs as well.
- GuestThis is Mrs. Luby - thank you for all your time. We have to go in about 3 minutes. Thanks Bugscope!
Bugscope TeamThank YOU!
- 1:33 pm
- Studentwhat are the hairs on it?
Bugscope Teamthe hairs are called setae, and some of them are like cat or rat whiskers -- they are used to sense touch
- Studenthow do you get the gold(by abbyw)
Bugscope Teamwe order it from the company that makes the sputter coater. it is expensive but we do not use much per sample
- Studenthow many specimans do you have
Bugscope Teamat a given time we usually have a few hundred, but some are quite small, like tiny ants
Bugscope TeamEric things are going slowly because we have so many people connecting at once. Next time we will do one group at a time.
- 1:38 pm
- Bugscope Teamhello!
- Bugscope Teamwe are thinking about closing down now -- is anyone still on?
- Bugscope TeamAnyone still there?
- 1:44 pm
- Bugscope Teamwe are shutting down...