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Jeff Stewart

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The Hi-Res Point of View That's Reigniting Student Curiosity

Exo Labs is creating technology that ignites curiosity and makes education more engaging for the next generation.


When does curiosity begin to fade? Is it just a part of growing up, or is our education system optimized for qualities other than curiosity and creativity? One of the greatest joys I've had as a new father is experiencing the world through the eyes of my 2-year-old, Trevor. He is, like most kids his age, intensely curious. On our many trips to the beach, Trevor is always stopping and pointing to a leaf, a snail, or turning over a rock to watch the crabs scurry away—things that I wouldn't typically stop and look at. When I crouch down to see things from his level I realize how amazing all of this life and diversity is. I am not sure when (or how) we lose the kind of curiosity Trevor has, but I'm determined to do something about it.

Mike Baum and I co-founded Exo Labs because we are passionate about creating technology that ignites curiosity and makes education more engaging for the next generation. Together we assessed our strengths as engineers, our values and desire to make a difference, and came up with our first product, the Focus Microscope Camera. The way the Focus Camera works is you insert it into the eyepiece of a microscope and then connect it to an iPad. Then students and teachers can take pictures and video, make measurements and annotations, and share it all with an entire class through our app. By utilizing the iPad and offering up a high resolution view of the microscopic world, we hope to foster that sense of wonder that every kid has.

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