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Kawamata Municipal Elementary School, Fukushima Prefecture
On May 27, 2015, we took along our Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) to Kawamata Elementary School in Fukushima Prefecture, helping out science classes for 5th-year pupils. Samples the students had gathered from the nearby river were observed first with the naked eye, then with a binocular stereoscopic microscope, then an optical microscope, allowing the children to clearly see how living things changed in appearance as they were magnified more and more. In addition, they also carried out experiments magnifying samples they had brought in, and the pill bug the children selected was also observed. Surprisingly, while nearly half the children said they hated bugs, they were all fascinated by the microscopic world of insects that they could never see normally. This project, which started with a total of 65 children from Kawamata-minami Kawamata Municipal Elementary School, Kusano, Iitoi and Usuishi Iitate Municipal elementary schools, has now expanded to a total of 109 children from Kawamata, Iizaka, and Yamakiya elementary schools, and will continue next year.
Hanazono Elementary School, Shinjuku-ku
We provided support for 6th-year science classes at Hanazono Elementary School, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, by bringing in our Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) on July 3, 2015.
We had got the pupils to prepare samples to use in the class ahead of time. After they had observed potato starch and the stems and leaves of garden balsam using optical microscopes, they were able to use TM3030 to magnify them even further, allowing them to observe their structures.
The pupils were also able to see other samples close-up, and got so engrossed in the class they were constantly calling out in amazement.
Staff from Hitachi took a Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) out to the Youngster's Science Festival national event, held at the Science Museum on July 25 and 26, 2015, to give a lesson.
Visitors to the Hitachi booth were able to observe the structures of pill bugs, damselflies, silicon wafers, and other samples. There were also quizzes using electron microscope images, which the children under about ten really liked, while middle school and high school students were allowed to use the actual TM3030 to see close-up the parts they wanted to look at.
Everyone, young and old, would gasp in wonder at the latest technology, and the event was a great success.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
On August 19, 2015, together with people from Miraikan, we participated in an event to support science education using Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) at the Tokyo Solution Laboratory's Research Wing .
The children were divided into three groups, and were able to experience three exhibits: “Museum Tour of Analytical Devices,” “Touring SEMs and TEMs,” and “Using Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030).” The children were asked to bring in things they wanted to look at, which were used as samples for magnifying to examine their structures. A jumping spider caught that day was examined using TM3030, letting the children see the structures of spiders that normally can almost never be seen. Both the children and their guardians, joining them, were able to get a glimpse into the unknown worlds of familiar things.
Nippon Cultural Broadcasting
On August 22, 2015, we provided support for science education by bringing in Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) to the public recording of the “Science Kids” radio program at Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.
That day's theme was “Mysteries of the Deep,” with Mr. Koji Ishigaki as the guest. After discussing all sorts of things about the deepest parts of the oceans, Circus Ecological taught the children about global warming in a mini science show.
In the hands-on class using TM3030, the children used it to magnify what they wanted to see then and there. Each child was able to have a turn operating TM3030, giving them chances they would not normally have.
Hamagin Space Science Center
This temporary exhibit was designed to enable children to bring in their own samples to view under TM3030, as well as magnifying glasses and optical microscopes. The venue featured quiz panels about electron microscopes, nano art, and exhibition panels about the Hayabusa probe.
A talk show was also held to explain electron microscopes in an easy-to-understand way. Many of the children had a wonderful time experiencing the world that can only be seen through electron microscopes.
The children who participated on the day observed insects they had collected, were told about how electron microscopes work and could observe other samples, giving them a chance to understand how interesting and important observing shapes is.
The children were very happy, considering it a valuable experience, as they were able to collect their own samples and look at what they wanted to see.
Lifetime Learning Section, Citizens Cooperation Dept., Omuta City
An introduction to the Omuta Center and a science class were held, attended by 51 people.
Before the class started, the students borrowed magnifying glasses, binocular stereoscopic microscopes and biological microscopes and observed the stoma and other parts of cherry tree leaves using each instrument.
They also observed the stoma of Japanese primrose leaves using Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030), which let everyone see just how different the images were when seen by different microscopes.
Oliveira Elementary School, California
On April 8th, the portable Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) was installed in a classroom at Oliveira Elementary School. Students were formed into small groups, and they took turns using TM3030. Some other teachers brought their 4th grade classes in, and these students had the opportunity to learn nanoscience and use TM3030 as well. In all, approximately 70 students were able to have quality, hands-on time with the TM3030.
Reedley College, California
On April 23rd, Reedley College hosted the area's 8th Annual STEM Conference 2016 STEM event. Hitachi was asked to bring Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) there as part of its Education Outreach Program. Approximately 1,500 students from various middle schools, high schools and colleges attended the event as did many adults. The attendees learned about STEM careers, and the speakers provided information about the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and conducted hands-on demonstrations.
Chicago Hitachi Hightech America
For Bring Your Child to Work Day this year, we brought Tabletop Electron Microscope to the Chicago office of Hitachi High-tech America. Twelve children, ages 5 to 14, had come to work with their parents that day. Many of the kids were looking forward to bringing in items to view under the microscope. The samples they brought in included plants such as leaves and flowers and bugs such as caterpillars and centipedes. The kids were impressed with how much more they could see beyond what was visible to the naked eye.
Central Park, New York
On May 8th, Japan Day was held in New York City’s Central Park. This annual event is held to show the Japanese community’s appreciation for their home city of New York and to build bridges of cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S. Hitachi has been a primary supporter of this event for several years. This year, the Hitachi tent had almost 1,000 visitors, and we demonstrated Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) at the event.
STEM3 Academy campus, California
On May 21st, STEM3 Academy held its first Very Special Innovation Fair, and Hitachi was represented by Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) for the over 400 people who attended the Fair.
Fukushima-Kawamata, Tomita Elementary School, Fukuda Elementary School
In collaboration with Mr Hatamura, head of Hatamura Institue for the Advancement of Technology, lessons will once again be delivered this year to Elementary schools in Kawamata-machi, Fukushima, where they have been held since 2014 as part of disaster relief.
The science class using Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) was carried out jointly with homeroom teachers for 6th graders of Tomita elementary school and 5th and 6th graders of Fukude elementary school.
The samples were wooden chopsticks, a gauze and corrugated cardboard at Tomita elementary school on May 24. Observation picture was compared with light microscopy, after that the sample a student wishes is observed.At Tomita elementary school on May 24th, samples of wooden chopsticks, a gauze and corrugated cardboard before and after burning were observed on both optical microscopes and on the Miniscope® and the results were compared.
Then on May 25th, Fukude elementary school focused on observations of silk fabrics which are a locally produced specialty as well as the yeast and bacteria from fabrics and fermented food products and local minerals. The serious approach and careful attention paid by the children at both schools left a very strong impression.
A science class was delivered as part of the events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of Tokyo Metropolitan Eifuku school between June 13th and 15th. The stoma of a spider plant was observed and by using Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030), in addition to explaining how it differs from an optical microscopes, the form and function were also explained. Students attending listened with interest.
Hitachi High-Tech has employed many Eifuku school graduates and some of them participated as staff for this session.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The Tabletop Electron Microscope was delivered for the "JAIMA Summer Science School" event held on July 22nd by the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers Association (JAIMA).
By giving high school students in the metropolitan area actual experience of operating analytical instruments, this event, which has been held since 2012, aims to deepen the understanding of the analytical instruments and technologies that form the foundation of a variety of companies and also to raise interest in science and technology.
Specifically aimed at junior and senior high school student science clubs and science departments, the participants could deepen their understanding of electron microscopes through the actual observation of electronic components, solar cells and objects that are not usually used in biomimetic technology such as yoghurt lids.
Nagoya, Umemorizaka Elementary School
Hitachi High-Tech Chubu office held a science lesson and basketball clinic (with guidance from Hitachi High-Tech's women's basketball team) on July 23rd at Nagoya municipal Umemorizaka elementary school.
The science lesson was lead by Chubu branch office members who prepared two tabletop Miniscopes®, and held a total of two classes in morning and afternoon.
There were a lot applications for the day, and students could attend the lecture with their parents.
Students brought in samples of things they wanted to look at through microscopes to examine their structures. Both the children, and their parents joining them, were able to get a glimpse into the unknown worlds of familiar things.
Teikyo Heisei University, Chiharadai Campus
We delivered a tabletop electron microscope to the August 18-19 "Children's Science Class" held at Teikyo Heisei University for children to experience the 'micro world'.
Based at Chiharadai campus, this event was held with the aim of strengthening relations with local residents and was organized cooperatively by the university and the community. Activities were split into groups, one to make collection tools and gathering ants, and a group to examine the samples brought with the electron microscope.
Electron microscope observations were made of various samples from fossils, vegetable leaves and pollen to the ants which were collected. Surprised voices were raised at the discovery of an "unknown world of familiar things".
Nippon Cultural Broadcasting
On August 27, 2016, we provided support for science education by bringing in a Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) to the public recording of the "Science Kids" radio program at Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.
This is a radio program which we have run since 2006 that invites specialists on various themes to explain the scientific wonders which fill the world in a way that is easy for children to understand.
In the hands-on class using TM3030, 51 children observed samples which they wanted to see.
A contest of the photos taken was also held, and the winners were pictures of a bug caught in a cobweb, , a cat's claws and some freeze-dried tofu.
RIKEN Yokohama Campus
We helped out as operation and guidance staff in the Tabletop Electron Microscope corner at "Experience Microscopes! The Living Micro-World", the public event held on September 10th by RIKEN Yokohama campus.
This public event allowed a look at the usually unseen research facilities while RIKEN's accomplishments and latest results were introduced.
At the event, students, children and their parents carried out actual observations of plants and flowers on various kinds of equipment, including both optical microscope and TM3030.
Each participant observed with interest the difference between the shapes of various kinds of floral pollen and the size of the starchy particle of potato, Chinese yam and chestnut. It was also possible to see calcium hydrobromic needles in the Chinese yam which are a cause of itching. Participants raised their voices in surprise.
Aosuge Elementary School
We delivered a science class for 5th and 6th graders of Sakura municipal Aosuge elementary school on September 14.
In the lesson, while observing the samples that students brought beforehand, they learned the mechanism of the electron microscope and its use in the development of everyday products.
Students could experience the ‘unknown world of the familiar’ with the samples they brought which ranged from stationary and plants to a wide variety of insects.
A great cheer rose from the students as an unexpected tick was caught moving under the microscope while observing vegetable leaves.
Davis High School
On September 16th to 23rd, the portable Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) was installed in a classroom at Davis High School. At the classroom, pair of students planned comparisons between the Optical Microscope and the TM3030. The students gathered a variety of specimens (organic and inorganic) to observe, carefully nothing the best usages, and limitations, of the SEM and OLM. A science teacher said one of the more memorable moments was how surprised students were that organic/insects had such detailed structures when magnified while most inorganic substances lacked this. In all, approximately 170 students were able to have quality, hand-on time with the TM3030.
Nagaoka University of Technology
"A Toy-Box of Science", a public event, was held on September 17th and 18th at Nagaoka University of Technology. This event has been held since 1997 and as part of the 20th anniversary celebration; professors, university students, with distributors, and Hitachi staff demonstrated the Tabletop Electron Microscope (TM3030) to attendees. While visiting our booth and hands on class, they observed human hair, insects and many other daily necessities. Our booth had 4 TM3030s and other products displayed.
During the event a local TV station was present and will be televised at the end of this year.
On September 19th to 23rd, the portable Tabletop Electron Microscope(TM3030) was installed in a classroom at Harvey School. At the classroom, students viewed samples of porcupine quills, praying mantis, human hair and skin, various fabrics, sugar, salt, and flowers. A science teacher stated that the art teacher at the school took copies of the images that the students produced with the TM3030. The Art teacher has a project planned where the students use to create other works of art. In all, approximately 150 students were able to have quality, hand-on time with the TM3030.
COEX Exhibition Hall (Seoul)
At the Japan-Korea Festival 2016 in Seoul, we participated as operation and guidance staff at the public event held on October 2, 2016. This festival originated in 2005 as the "Japan-Korea Friendship Year" which is a 40th anniversary of normalization of Japan-Korea diplomatic relations. From 2009, both Tokyo and Seoul have held the festival. Japan held the festival on September 24th and 25th at Hibiya Park.
On the day of the festival, there were many booth and events from Japan-Korea companies and local government. About 60,000 people attended and there were many participants in our booth observing images from the TM3030 experiencing the discovery of an "unknown world of familiar things" of insects and daily necessity.
Usui-minami middle school
In a 3rd grade science class at Usui-minami Middle School, students observed many kinds of microbes (mold, yeast fungus, and bacteria) with the Tabletop Electron Microscope for their science unit "Connection with Nature World". While comparing images of an optical microscope in a textbook, students learned the mechanism of electron microscope and developed an understanding of each microbe. Also introduced was the relation with Yoshinori Ohsumi, who received the Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine for mechanisms for Autophagy.
ASU Prep High School, Polytechnic
On October 19th to 21rd, the Tabletop Electron Microscope (TM3030) was installed in a classroom at Arizona State University Preparatory Academy high school program.
The students were astonished by the detail of the samples under the microscope. For their first experience, the science teacher set up the microscope to have a high magnification (×1.2K) on the star sand. As students were observing the screen, the magnification was slowly decreased all the way to about ×40. The students were amazed and wanted to know how the microscope could get that much detail and they wanted to view more samples.
At the science classes all used the TM3030 as they were learning about various topics. The AS Level Biology class was learning about different types of microscopes and how to measure specimens with scales and other tools. The students were able to see how a scanning electron microscope works for the first time in person, which made a lasting impact on their understanding.
The IGCSE Biology and A Level Biology courses were learning about various topics at the microscope level. The TM3030 was used to help students see that there is a hidden world in biology that we cannot see with our naked eyes. It helped students grasp the perspective of various microscope structures.
The Life Science Capstone classes learned how the scanning electron microscope works and then conducted research into uses and career fields directly and indirectly affected by electron microscopes.
ASU Preparatory Academy Elementary School
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.
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.
NASA Ames Research Center
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.
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)
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)
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.
Tohoku University, a Qatari science campus (Miyagi)
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)
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)
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!!)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
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.
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)
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)
(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)
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)