This project studied how to encourage and support visitors in observing as scientists do when looking at life through a microscope.
Seeing Scientifically, funded by the National Science Foundation, studied how to encourage and support visitors in observing as scientists do when looking at life through a microscope.
Its goals were to help museum visitors at an interactive microscope exhibit to:
- ask questions that lead to a rich investigation.
- interpret often complex microscope images.
- draw logical conclusions based on what they see.
Seeing Scientifically developed a touch screen interface for the Exploratorium’s Microscope Imaging Station. The project experimented with ways to provide just-in-time guidance on what and how to observe, and ways to adapt this information to the ever-changing live specimen in view.
A touchscreen interface for a microscope helps visitors see like scientists.
Principal Investigator Kristina Yu, Exploratorium
Co-Principal Investigator Joyce Ma, Exploratorium
Co-Principal Investigator Kevin Eliceiri, University of Wisconsin–Madison
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant 1514612. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.