Scanning Electron Microscopes Teacher Resources
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In this microscope worksheet, students use an on line site to answer questions about how a Scanning Electron Microscope works. They also conduct a virtual microscope activity where they view ten specimens and identify what each is.
Size and Shape
Students observe different substances under the microscope. In this space science lesson, students identify the different features of SEM images. They formulate a conclusion about the images of Mars meteorites.
Material Science Extension To the Electricity And Magnetism Unit
Students study the discovery of the electron and how it led to other inventions and discoveries concerning electrical current. They observe several demonstrations concerning electricity. In one activity, they determine whether or not a galvanometer is a reliable lie detector test.
Students match Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) pictures with real life objects. They discuss the uses of the SEM. Students identify the real-life origins of samples by matching some SEM pictures with real-life objects. Students analyze the samples and choose the real life objects they resemble. Students develop an appreciation for the applications of the SEM.
New! Nano Waterproofing
This instructional activity will make an impact, especially on scientist-athletes who may have an interest in waterproof clothing! Acting as materials engineers, they work collaboratively on waterproofing pieces of cotton fabric. This challenge is preceded by reading about nanotechnology and the hydrophobic effect. Expect an enduring effect on emerging engineers!
New! Exploring at the Nanoscale
Nano-nano! Nanotechnology can seem like it's from another planet! After learning about this tiny technology, collaborative groups experiment with how smaller particles affect chemical reactions. They do this by immersing a whole and a crushed antacid tablet into equal amounts of water. Nanotechnology is a fascinating topic for your STEM curriculum.
New! Waterproof that Roof!
Stop the raindrops from getting into the house! Eager engineers learn about roofing history and waterproofing by nanotechnology. They get into groups and work on designing a waterproof roof for a small model house. The accompanying handout provides space for planning and critical analysis questions for follow-up. Miniature rain storms are sure to make a splash with your science or engineering class!
New! Observing Different Microbes
Following directions from a colorful slide preparation card, beginning biologists examine three different live microorganisms: bacteria, yeast, and paramecia. This is not an unusual activity to do with your class, but if you are doing it for the first time or need a refresher, the lesson plan is so well-written that you will have no questions. Just make sure to order your live specimens early enough to have them on time.
Thinking with the Eyes
What does a human hair look like at 40 times its normal size? Young scientists find out the answer to that question and more in an introductory microscope activity. In the description, it says the investigation is intended for ninth grade honors biology, but it seems more appropriate for middle level life science, or wherever learners are introduced to microscope use in your district.
Is There Art in Nature? What Is The Nature of Art?
It's always great to find cross-curricular lessons, especially when they integrate two very interesting topics. Learners will consider three paintings as they relate to both science and art. They'll discuss each piece and then respond to two writing prompts.
Sugar Crystal Challenge
When sugar is dissolved in water, is it gone forever? Can it become sugar again? In a lesson plan focusing on both observation and crystal structures, middle schoolers attempt to grow sugar crystals on strings dipped in sugar water. Note: The lesson plan refers to a data table, which is only found in the lesson plan in the Additional Materials section below.
Wow! Separate organelles from the cells of dried peas. Observe vacuoles in beet cells. Watch protists in action. Examine SEM photographs. Beginning biologists get a complete exposure to the structure and function of cell organelles. Two assessments are also available, which you can assign as homework. These activities can serve as the foundation for your curriculum on cell structure.
The Virtual Electron Microscope
Students explore the world of the very small using a Flash plug-in Virtual Electron Microscope. They complete and discuss an activity in which unknown samples are placed under the computer simulated microscope to determine where the cells came from. Hints for cell types and a self checking system make this seem like a game.
Mysteries of Vernacular: Miniature
Scribes once had to copy books by hand, and it was this process that birthed the word miniature. Watch as minium, or red lead used for pigment in ink, becomes miniature. The resource, part of a series of videos on vernacular, includes questions, additional information, and an online discussion question.
Attributes of Renewable Energy: From Nanopossibilities to Solar Power
Students explore solar energy, why we use it and how we use it. In this renewable energy lesson students compare active and solar techniques.
What is a Nanometer?
Students demonstrate how to measure on the nano scale. In this engineering lesson, students participate in hands-on activities to measure common classroom objects in the metric scale and convert their measurements to nanometers.
Sugar Crystal Challenge
Learners investigate nanostructures by experimenting with sugar. In this crystal formation lesson, students utilize different sugar samples to grow sugar crystals in a group experiment. Learners complete worksheets including an evaluation of their crystal growing experiment.
Inquiry into Infectious Disease: It's a Germy World After All
Students choose a question from a given list and develop an investigation about it. In this biology lesson, students analyze bacterial growth by carrying out a guided experiment. They present their findings in class.
Students experiment to determine a way to waterproof a piece of cotton fabric. In this scientific inquiry lesson plan, students use reference worksheets to explore waterproofing and the use of nanotechnology in engineering everyday objects.. They conduct an experiment to waterproof fabric.
Nature of Biology
Learners study biology and the different life processes. In this exploratory lesson students identify the parts of a microscope and the tools used in research and technology.