We are lucky enough in our school to have a parent who can give us access to an electron microscope. The Hitachi microscope was in our school for the past two weeks. So we made sure to make as much use as possible out of it for our Science week.
This microscope measures objects in microns. 1 million microns in a metre and 1 Billion nanometers in a metre! So the average width of a human hair is 80 microns.
Our pictures here show one of our third classes during their visit to our Science room to see the electron microscope at work. Ms Campbell set up the microscope to show a highly magnified spider's leg and the boys set to work capturing the image with their drawings and recording what the various parts of the leg were.
The marvels of the natural world were presented in an entirely different perspective with this microscope. One which will hopefully inspire our scientists in the months and years ahead.