The Bugscope project provides free, interactive access to a scanning electron microscope over the internet, so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects.

Run by the Beckman Institute’s Imaging Technology Group (ITG) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bugscope helps teachers give their students the chance to become scientists: The kids propose experiments, explore insect specimens at high magnification, and discuss what they see with university scientists—all from a regular web browser over a standard broadband internet connection.

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