ZEISS PARTICIPATES IN UC BERKELEY VISION + LIGHT: EXTENDING THE SENSES
Bringing state of the art microscopy technology to the classroom
ZEISS recently participated at Vision + Light: Extending the Senses, an event held on October 27 and 28, 2016 where researchers and educators came together to see ZEISS’ microscopy and video technology in action. The event was a presentation exploring exhibits of microscopy, multimedia artwork, digital sound, and sculpture created by artists and scientists. Through the event, UC Berkeley piqued the interest of scientists and artists and spread the awareness of what is possible when using today’s technology in the classroom.
Featured on interactive display at Vision + Light was the ZEISS’ Digital Classroom, including their Primo Star HDcam and Labscope software. The Digital Classroom is a series of digital microscopes with connected cameras designed to promote an interactive learning environment. Each microscope is Wi-Fi capable letting teachers monitor every microscope in their classroom and project the images for the class using the Labscope software.
“We’re excited about ZEISS digital classroom because it is a powerful new tool to facilitate student learning,” said Scott Olenych, PhD, Academia Business Development Manager, Carl Zeiss Microscopy. “Teachers and students using microscopes connected through the Labscope App can see and share images with one another and learn more effectively.”
The event attracted a large and varied audience. Carlo Séquin, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at UC Berkeley shared, “I was particularly impressed by the ZEISS microscopes. I had not looked through a high-quality microscope in many years, and so I was impressed with the brightness, clarity, and the wide field of view.”
Science Photographer for National Geographic Anand Varma said, “It was very helpful to talk to the ZEISS representative at the Vision + Light show because he was able to clarify how ZEISS approaches their different microscope models and he had some suggestions on how I might be able to better use their scopes for future photographic projects.”
The Vision + Light event succeeded at raising awareness of the possibilities for creating an engaging classroom environment as well as appreciation of science and scientific art and the new imaging technology available today that can assist in both areas. The direct visual beauty of the images captured by the Labscope software attracted enthusiastic children, educators, artists, and researchers. Michelle Rodriguez, Coordinator of Special Initiatives at the Lawrence Hall of Science, observed, “It was fun watching the adults in the room play with what’s possible, sharing what each microscope is seeing. I can only imagine how kids would react.”
The children that attended the event loved the technology. “My god-daughter walked away saying ‘I wish we had those in my class – they would be so incredibly useful for our labs.’”, shared Monica Albe, Executive Assistant to the Division Heads at UC Berkeley. “And when a teenager is impressed, you know it’s gotta be awesome.”
Vision + Light was presented in partnership with Science@Cal, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, ZEISS Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center, Energy Biosciences Institute, and the Bay Area Science Festival.
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