What would you view

with a scanning electron microscope?

June 2021

Have a great idea for research which requires microscopic investigations? 2021 might be your year.

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).

The deadline for applications has passed. However, check back soon as we hope to release more SEMs in the coming months.


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