The Virtual Scientist Guest Lecture Series extends the educational scope of the SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT by bringing scientists into America’s classrooms in real time via the Internet. Using existing technology available through Skype, an internet based videophone service, SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT will arrange for scientists to participate in a "virtual" in-classroom visit without leaving their lab or research facility. The Virtual Scientist Guest Lecture Series allows both scientists and students to experience an interactive dialogue that inspires and engages students about dynamic cutting edge science research.

The technology requirements are minimal, requiring only that each participant (i.e. school and scientist) have a computer with high speed internet access, a high quality monitor, webcam, speakers and microphone. Skype software can be downloaded from free of charge. As the liaison between the school, sponsor and guest lecturer SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT makes all necessary arrangements for the virtual visit.

"Virtual" visits last about 30 minutes in order to fit within a standard class period. The presentation format varies according to the preference of the speaker and educator but will generally include a presentation followed by Q&A. The classroom teacher acts as the moderator and oversees the necessary pre-visit preparation.

Click here to view a short clip showcasing a “virtual scientist” visit featuring a biologist from the Florida-Atlantic University talking to a group of 7th graders at a school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Current VSGLS opportunities for grades 6-12:

Program Sponsor: AutoDesk
San Francisco Bay Area

Program Sponsor: Millipore
Boston, MA
Danvers, MA
Homer Glen, IL
Jaffrey, NH 
Lake Elsinore, CA
Roxbury, MA
St. Charles, MO
Temecula, CA

Program Sponsor: National Grid
Albany, NY
Baldwin, NY
North Albany, NY
Providence, RI
Schenectady, NY
Staten Island, NY
Troy, NY
Uniondale, NY
West Hempstead, NY
Westbury, NY


About Skype:

Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use SKYPE to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other SKYPE users. Every day, people everywhere also use SKYPE to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. SKYPE software can be downloaded to a computer or mobile phone at

Skype recommends the following technology for your visit:

  • Classroom or lecture hall with high-speed internet access
  • Computer with high-quality monitor or a large screen attached to the computer
  • Webcam. Skype recommends:
    • Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks high-performance webcam with autofocus for notebooks
    • PCs: Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 Razor Sharp Video with Autofocus
    • MAC: Logitech Quickcam VisionPro for Mac
  • Speakers
  • Microphone
  • Skype software: download from free of charge