Our school is located in a small, rural farming community in Pennsylvania. My students have a similar background for the most part, and over half of them come from low-income households. They have a broad range of aspirations though, ranging from entering the workforce directly after graduation to attending our county's technical school to attending colleges and medical schools around the country.
One thing our school lacks is appropriate access to decent lab equipment for STEM classes.
In an age where hands-on learning and STEM classes are the big push, students need to be able to access equipment that is 100% functional rather than having to "get by" with broken equipment or simply having to watch a video on YouTube because that's the only way they'll get to see a lab done.
When teaching students about the cell, it relies a lot on student imagination and the ability of the teacher to paint a vivid and realistic picture of what is actually going on at a level we can't even see. This is, at best, difficult, and is in some cases nearly impossible to do with certain cell functions and parts.
A digital microscope will allow the class to see cell parts easily as a group by way of the overhead projector.
The alternative is to try to explain a lesson while each student group has one student looking at a microscope with different cells on it and then having to rotate through. The benefits continue by allowing cells to work on the overhead projector by way of the digital microscope so that labs that require change (osmosis labs, for example) can be seen in real time rather than as still images.
This microscope would serve two purposes: 1.) To be used as a demonstration and teaching tool so that students can all see the same image at the same time, and 2.) To allow students to capture still images to interpret later on. (This helps with data collection that can't be done real-time, like counting chloroplasts.)
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