The 7 minute instruction video must be viewed using headphones by each student. They must then complete the simulation and then at least 3 of the pre-arranged challenges that the website provides. That will help them trouble-shoot in case they encounter problems with their own laboratory work.
Students will be able to recall how to properly handle and use a microscope by completing an online simulation where they will examine different specimens.
This activity would be ideal to freshmen or sophomore who must use a microscope in a future activity. The virtual microscope will reacquaint them with proper use of a microscope without the mess in the lab.