What would you view

with a scanning electron microscope?

June 2023

Have a great idea for research which requires microscopic investigations?


We are working with Hitachi High-Tech, Oxford Instruments, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Microscopical Society and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Kent to  offer a portable scanning electron microscope (SEM) to UK schools with bright ideas for innovative research. This could be for a small group of students or an individual who needs a SEM for their project, perhaps even as part of their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).


To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be an IRIS school. If you are not already, you can join today.
  2. Complete the following application.


Find the following inspiration and support from our partners. Need more? Hitachi’s twitter feed is overflowing with microscope images and insight #Hitachi_STEM.

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A history of the microscope

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Intro document:
Hitachi High-Tech: Let’s Familiarize ourselves with the SEM