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"Winter School" Lessons and Electron-Microscope Experiences

Aso Gakuen Elementary School, Fukuoka
2018/12/16

We held a special class during the winter holidays called "Winter School" at Aso Gakuen Elementary School in Fukuoka Prefecture, whose goal is to "foster high academic ability and sensibility and nurture children to be their best." Following on from the previous year, the special class for fifth-grade students was held on December 26, 2018.

Children investigating the secrets of lids that don't stick to yogurt
Children investigating the secrets of lids that don't stick to yogurt

The lesson began with learning about the characteristics of electron microscopes by examining everyday objects, and looking at applications of biomimetics. Then we got the children to select samples we had prepared and try looking at them with the electron microscope.
The students were able to get on with observation after just watching and listening to the instructor's demonstration.
The children gave feedback like, "I was really happy to get the chance to use an electron microscope," "I was wondering about yogurt lids that don't stick to yogurt, so it was interesting to learn about why," and "I was surprised at how much the electron microscope could magnify."

Children using the electron microscope
Children using the electron microscope

Electron micrograph of diatom observed by the children
Electron micrograph of diatom observed by the children