An internet-based strategy for enhancing science education for gifted high school students has been devised and tested. Through the use of web-based software called PCAnywhere, we have demonstrated how high school students can operate state-of-the-art instruments such as the scanning tunneling microscope at UWM from the comfort of their own classrooms. Essentially, this allows students at any high school that has a laptop with internet access, camera, and the software to be directly connected to any UWM laboratory. This project was supported by a grant from NSF.
This exercise, held on December 8th and 9th, 2005 at two suburban high schools in Milwaukee, included live video and audio exchange between my lab and the students at their schools. Using cameras and PCAnywhere in each place, the high school students have remotely operated the STM from their classrooms, and were able to see and control what was happening in my lab. At the end of the exercise, the students were able to obtain atomic resolution images of the Si(111)-(7×7) surface. Very positively received by both the high school teachers and students, the project aimed to (and succeeded in) inspiring high school students in learning sciences in general, and will be continued.
UWM and High School Teachers Test a Novel Method of Teaching Science
MILWAUKEE — Most high school students know that a CD-ROM or a DVD holds much more information than a record album. But “how” is the question teacher Tim Moeller at Hamilton High School in Sussex put to his students. Tim Moeller (left), physics teacher at Hamilton High School in Sussex, and Physics Professor Lian Li recently demonstrated the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) to Moeller’s students. Moeller learned to use the AFM as a participant in the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at UWM this summer.
RET Links UWM Resources with High Schools
SUSSEX- Two area high school teachers, working with the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), have successfully tested an Internet-based strategy for enhancing science education for gifted high school students. The image at the right shows Professor Lian Li explaining how the STM operates to students from Hamilton High School. They first visited Li’s lab before attempting to connect remotely.