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).


Applications will open again next year – check the IRIS Resource Centre for further information.


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