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Electron Microscopy

woman sitting at microscope giving demonstration

Electron microscopy explores the microscopic world! Students will be introduced to plankton and why it is so important to study something that is too small to see with our bare eyes. We will showcase the three types of microscopes used here at the institute and explain how each one works. Students will also view harmful algae and other marine specimens through the eyes of these different microscopes. Finally, students will participate in a game of ‘What am I?’ where they can try to identify microscopic organisms and structures that we see in real life!

Learning Points

  1. Why are phytoplankton important?
  2. How can they be harmful?
  3. What is the difference between a light microscope and an electron microscope?

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