Welcome to the High School Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Blog sponsored by the Microscopy Society of America extending outreach to 7-12 grade teachers interested in connecting with professional microscopists and incorporating real world scanning electron microscopy tools into their curriculum's.

Out of more than 26,000 high schools in the United States, there are currently fifteen middle and high school campuses hosting SEMs on-site. A list of these schools, teacher experiences and related resources are available to all teachers through the Web-Site www.hssemgroup.com.

This blog is intended to provide a communication network between teachers and professional microscpists to answer questions, and to provide direction, exosure and support wherever needed. We look forward to communicating with you often.

This site is an extension of the group HS_SEM@googlegroups.com (old posting available on this site) and the web-site https://sites.google.com/site/hssemgroup/

Wednesday, November 26

Exciting new University laboratory using Scanning Electron Microscopes for High School science in Denmark.

Denmark is promoting high school science with a new laboratory near Copenhagen housing five new Nikon/Neoscope JCM-6000 scanning electron microscopes in addition to the existing scanning tunnel microscopes and atomic force microscope.


Monday, July 1

New: What is it made of ? using SEM and EDS images and spectra

Available to all:
The NUANCE Center at Northwestern University is going to be producing a new web series called "What's It Made Of?" It will be a short, semi-educational show mainly featuring SEM and EDS to examine normal, everyday objects. We'd love to use this as a fun educational outreach to show the uninitiated the types of things that we can do in the world of electron microscopy. So please share with all your friends and whoever.

The first episode has been posted and examines the sparkly ink on the $20 bill.  http://youtu.be/z3qHg1QOAk4
ERiC Jay Miller
Microscopy & Imaging Specialist
Electron Probe Instrumentation Center

Northwestern University
Mail: 2036 Cook Hall
Office: 1152 Cook Hall
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Monday, May 6

Wednesday, January 30

Summer -2012, Hitachi Inc. 
loaned the UW-MRSEC education group a table-top scanning electron microscope for use during education and outreach activities. 
13 fifth-graders synthesized ZnO nanoparticles then used the SEM to examine their particles.
A summary of the activity including photographs were used by Hitachi used for an article about the SEM which they published in the Japanese version of the Wall Street Journal.

Nano presentation 4/262012, Nancy Healy, SPIE http://www.education.nnin.org
14 Universities now provide outreach using Scanning Electron Microscopes through the National Science Foundation.  27,000 individuals were reached through this program in 2011.

Thursday, November 17

Offering teacher support related to scanning electron microscopy.

Are you looking for information and don't have the time to do the research.....Please let me know.  I'm pretty good at finding information and would be glad to help a teacher who needs support.  I will limit information I look for to issues relating to scanning electron microscopy and it's applications to your school.

Tuesday, October 4

Ed.com highlights

If you are not familiar with the current education department activities, a newsletter: http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/school-turnaround-newsletter-summer2011_0.pdf

and a list of current documents, and awards are available at:


Summary of Professional Development Recommendations from Ed.gov Blogg
INvestigating Quality Understanding In Real-world Experiences IN.Q.U.I.R.E sponsored by Teaching & Learning Collaborative
IMPACT also sponsored by the Teaching & Learning Collaborative in Ohio (K-3)
#edchat on Twitter
Training for teaching AP courses is exceptional professional development
Fulbright programs, and the Goethe Institute.
Project CRISS training to the list
**EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Program headquartered at Purdue

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