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  • How Hitachi High-Technologies Helps Support Science Education Progress with activities to date

Electron Microscope Booth at the Youth Science Festival 2017

The Science Museum (Tokyo)
2017/7/29-30

The national Youth Science Festival features a large number of demonstration booths run by teachers from across Japan, as well as stage events, outdoor shows, and student-run research presentations.
Tokyo's Youth Science Festival is the largest event of its kind, receiving an enormous number of visitors each year.
Hitachi High Technologies has run an electron microscope booth there since 2014, and this year around 250 children and students were able to discover the world of electron microscopes across the two-day event.
This year, employees from Hitachi High Technologies, who are trained in handling electron microscopes, showed off what household items like spices, insects, paper, and pencil leads look like at the microscopic level. This had been a mystery to the children and students until they saw it through the microscope.

Students poring over the sample specimens to observe
Students poring over the sample specimens to observe

The children and students who experienced this world were amazed at what they saw, saying things like "I had no idea it looked like this!" One of the employees guiding them remarked that "I was nervous when the event got started, but when I saw all the children's smiling faces, I started to have fun too, it really energized me."

Children glued to the electron microscope image
Children glued to the electron microscope image

Visit and Class Session Held at Yulcheon High School in Korea

Yulcheon High School (Korea)
2017/7/20

A visit and class session was held with three classes of second-year students (90 students total) at Korea's Yulcheon High School.
This class session, devised by Hitachi High Technologies' Korean company, is held in schools around the company's location.
The class involved showing pre-made samples to students for observation and explaining what they were.
Students observed the minute structures of insects like ants and mosquitoes, as well as comparing the structure of an egg shell's outer and inner sides. Their focus was pointed squarely at the electron microscope images on display.
Hitachi High Technologies' Korean company will continue to work on new activities to support science education based on classroom needs.

Students attentively listening to an explanation of the observation samples
Students attentively listening to an explanation of the observation samples

Visit and Classroom Session at Matama Middle School, Oita Prefecture, in Collaboration with Nearby Elementary Schools

Matama Middle School (Oita prefecture)
2017/7/6

A visit and class session was held at Matama Middle School in Bungotakada, Oita prefecture. The session was attended by middle-school students from all three years, as well as year-six students from the nearby Matama and Usui elementary schools.
This visit was held as part of the school's "World Seminar" series devised by principal Yutaka Hiramatsu, who used to work at Hitachi. This session was held in collaboration with nearby elementary schools for the first time in the seminar series.
The class introduced electron microscopes to students, allowing them to observe samples they brought along. Seeing things like the pores that covered the surface of a strawberry's fruit clearly surprised them.
(The fleshy part of a strawberry, usually referred to as the fruit, is technically from a part of the plant called the "receptacle." The real "fruits" are the small seed-like growths on the outside.)
Reporters from the local newspaper and cable TV station came to cover the event, and one student remarked on how "twisted up" the edge of a pencil lead looked close-up.

Electron-microscope image of a broken-off pencil lead, observed in class
Electron-microscope image of a broken-off pencil lead, observed in class

The children and students who experienced this world were amazed at what they saw, saying things like "I had no idea it looked like this!" One of the employees guiding them remarked that "I was nervous when the event got started, but when I saw all the children's smiling faces, I started to have fun too, it really energized me."

Electron-microscope image of a strawberry fruit, observed in class
Electron-microscope image of a strawberry fruit, observed in class

Visit and Classroom Session at Aso Gakuen Elementary School, Fukuoka Prefecture

Aso Gakuen Elementary School (Fukuoka prefecture)
2017/7/4

A visit and class session was held with fifth- and sixth-year students at Aso Gakuen Elementary School in Fukuoka prefecture.
The theme of this session was "Why doesn't it hurt when you're bitten by a mosquito?" Students used worksheets to help them follow the scientific process, from the original question to the hypothesis, observations, investigations, and new discoveries.
Children came up with their own original hypotheses, then used the teacher's guidance and images from the electron microscope to verify their guesses. They were surprised by the results.
In the second half, children got to observe plant leaves, fruits, insects, and other things they brought in, experiencing the microscopic world inside the things around them.
We will continue to work on new activities to support science education based on classroom needs

Children writing their hypotheses on worksheets
Children writing their hypotheses on worksheets

Children focused on images from the electron microscope
Children focused on images from the electron microscope

Electron microscope image of an Asian tiger mosquito used in class
Electron microscope image of an Asian tiger mosquito used in class

Inspire STEM Outreaches:Ibaraki University in Hitachi Campus

Ibaraki, Japan
2017/4/11

June 11th, we carried out machine experience booth using the tabletop electron microscope "TM3030" in a school festival (Kogaku festival) held in Ibaraki University Hitachi campus. In the event, we showed each branches' introduction video of Hitachi, Ltd. as the cosponsorship with the local Hitachi, Ltd. Electricity business unit.

The participants were approximately 30 people including students of local schools and alumni of Hitachi, Ltd. During the experience of "the world that the thing which you knew did not know", they observed samples such as sugar, salt, ants and human hair.

There was the child who learned a point of the operation immediately, and pushed forward observation by oneself smoothly.

Participant observed an ant
(Participant observed an ant)

Inspire STEM Outreaches:Science outreaches in capital Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine
2017/2/25

On May 25th to 26th, we carried out science outreaches using the tabletop electron microscope "TM3030" at the 78th elementary and junior high school, The National Technical University of Ukraine “Kiev Polytechnic Institute”. Year 2017 is the 25th anniversary year of the Japan and the Ukrainian diplomacy establishment. These outreaches were held as part of "Japan year in Ukraine" when various interchange projects and culture events are taken place.

On 25th we observed samples for member of the biology club of the 78th elementary and junior high school. The students viewed poplar cotton wool, ants, parsley and dill which were gathered in the city, and they showed strong interest and listened to the lecture eagerly.

We also demonstrated "TM3030" for teachers and students of the "Kiev Polytechnic Institute". During the demonstration, specialized questions such as electron microscope function and performance were given by the attendants. Moreover we received an observation request of a sample in conjunction with the specialized field of an attendant.

children and microscope
(children and microscope)

University class scenery
(University class scenery)

On 26th at the event meeting place, elementary school students with their parents and business people observed various samples in a quiz style class and experienced the micro-world. We obtained a comment, "Children were really excited that they observed the minute surface structure such as a model unlike the observation image of the optical microscope.".

elementary and junior high school scenery
(elementary and junior high school scenery)

Inspire STEM Outreaches:National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
2017/2/25

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, we carried out an event for children using desk model tabletop electron microscope "TM3030" in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. This event is one of the programs which microscope society Kanto Branch, Japan planned. Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. cooperated and gave a demonstration to watch a sample in "TM3030".
22 citizens including children of the third grader to seventh grader participated in this event.

Specimen: Diatom
(Specimen: Diatom)

Specimen: Ant
(Specimen: Ant)

The participant watched difference between crystals of salt and sugar, butterfly's compound eye, and diatom which looks like round slices fruits. When we use electron microscope to expand the thing which is usually in surroundings, these seem totally different.

High-tech Staff explain the tabletop electron microscope
(High-tech Staff explain the tabletop electron microscope)

Inspiring STEM Outreaches: Tohoku University, QATAR SCIENCE CAMPUS

Tohoku University, a Qatari science campus (Miyagi)
2017/2/18

We carried out an event for children using the tabletop electron microscope "TM3030" in Tohoku University, QATAR SCIENCE CAMPUS. Tohoku University hosted the event, and we worked, and the member of the CSR and Corporate Communications Dept. performed a lecturer titled "observation with the electron microscope - the thing which I knew did not know".
The participants were 28 elementary school students (3 to 6 grade) of the neighborhood.
Participant brought samples which they wanted to look in TM3030 at this event. Algae, dust, a salted sea tangle, a cover of the yogurt, a lot of samples which seem to be interesting including DNA of the banana.

DNA from Banana
(DNA from Banana)

And we had the student assistant from Tohoku University and, they help participants set the sample on the sample level.

Student assistant help participants to make sample level
(Student assistant help participants to make sample level)

Participants operated an electron microscope by oneself, and they observed own sample. We used the big monitor of the conference room and looked in all the members including a visitor. Participants are surprised and had fun to observe the micro-figure which had not looked at the structure of a cell and the thing of the plant.

We were overwhelmed by the huge monitor!!
(We were overwhelmed by the huge monitor!!)

Carry out the class for the teachers of the local junior high school in Taiwan

Taiwan
2017/2/7

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, we did a how to use tabletop electron microscope "TM3030" class for the teacher of the local school in Hitachi High-Technologies Taiwan. A national staff cooperated with the member of CSR, the corporate Communications Department and explained the utilization idea by the electron microscopic structure and class with an actual machine on that day.

Explanation of the how to use idea by the national staff
(Explanation of the how to use idea by the national staff)

13 teachers of the junior high school participated. We observed the surface of the pinion or the pore of the plant. There were earnest questions and answers although being interesting, everybody, and being a pleasure.
Participants said the impression of using the TM3030 as “the idea of the new class sprang out", "to be able to use the highest technique by so simple operation!!" and "I thought to lead to more motivation up of the student" (if I do the class that utilized the tabletop electron microscope).

Left: The pollen of the hibiscus Right: 13 teachers of the junior high school which participated
(Left: The pollen of the hibiscus    Right: 13 teachers of the junior high school which participated)

There was the teacher that local idiomatic phrase "也引人入勝" (meaning: attract a person and make it crazy about it) was commented on as an impression among them.
In CSR・Corporate Communications Department, we promote the pleasant science education outreach that we made use of the highest technique and knowledge in with the friend inside and outside the company.

Inspiring STEM Outreaches: Girls Scouts; "When I Grow Up"

NASA Ames Research Center
2016/11/5

We helped out as operation and guidance staff in the Tabletop Electron Microscope corner at "When I Grow Up", the public event held on November 5th by the Girl Scouts of Northern California in partnership with the NASA Ames Office of Education.
This project is about increasing women in STEM fields, and the target audience is girls, in grades 6th – 12th who are interested in STEM fields. We gave the approximately 500 participants unique opportunity to view the nanoworld.
The workshop allowed the children to network with women who are working in STEM fields. The presenters were encourages to bring a hands-on activity to the workshop to inspire the student’s and passion about pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers.

Inspiring STEM Outreaches: Ohlone College Biotechnology

Ohlone College
2016/10/31-11/4

On October 31st to November 4th, the Tabletop Electron Microscope (TM3030) was installed into one of the Biotechnology Instructional Laboratories in Ohlone College (California).
During this semester, TM3030 was used slightly differently in each of Biology class. In Environmental Biology class used the TM3030 to view specimens collected from the local environment. Giving students a new window on the diverse organisms living right here on campus. The Environmental Biology class used the TM3030 to observe lichen, insects, spiders, and flowers.
The Biotechnology class is comparing the images and date that can be obtained from a SEM vs. a compound light microscope vs. a stereo microscope. The Biotechnology class viewed liverworts, mosses, hair, banana fibers, dried yeast, kimwipes, flowers, and one student analyzed a special kind of laboratory glove coasted with Sericin, a silk protein, and looked at silk cocoons.

Inspiring Stem Outreach: ASU Preparatory Academy Elementary School

ASU Preparatory Academy Elementary School
2016/10/24-28

The Tabletop Electron Microscope (TM3030) was at the ASU Preparatory Academy Elementary school in October 24th to 28th, which gave the school’s 400 students a unique opportunity to view the nanoworld.
ASU Prep’s students were able to experience using the TM3030 in their STEM classes. Kinder-4th grade students used the TM3030, which is capable of seeing details at 30,000 times greater than the human eye, to observe the surface of a penny, while 5th and 6th grade students views a prepared sample of a scorpion. 7th and 8th grade students were able to view DNA bundles that they had extracted from a strawberry the previous week. 7th and 8th grade classes were also able to prepare their own specimens for observation.