Electron microscope magnifies science learning experience
Hitachi High Technologies America Inc., a company that sells and services high-tech products, chose the Biotechnology program at Athens Technical College as a demonstration site for an electron microscope during the week of October 7-11, according to Biotechnology Program Chair Jeff Rapp.
During that week, Athens Technical College Biotechnology students were able to use Hitachi’s electron microscope, model TM3000, to view small objects magnified by as much as 30,000 times. Students brought in a variety of items, including pollen from a daisy picked outside the Life Sciences building, an ant embryo, a spider, Abraham Lincoln’s image on a penny, Styrofoam, pine needles, a duck feather, a cavity in a baby tooth, and more, to view through the powerful microscope.
Microbiology instructor Dr. Margaret Chambers and science laboratory manager Trevor Wright also used the electron microscope to view fungi during sessions of the Introductory Microbiology Lab (BIOL 2117L) class.
Athens Technical College President Flora Tydings and one of the college’s advisory board members visited the lab during Electron Microscope Week to see the powerful magnification that the equipment provides.
The $78,000 cost of the electron microscope often puts the purchase out of reach for technical colleges with limited budgets, so having the use of the equipment for students and faculty for a week, was a generous gift and great opportunity for the college, Dr. Rapp said.
Hitachi High Technologies America Inc. offers a variety of products, including analytical instrumentation, scientific instruments, bio-related products, industrial equipment, information equipment, electronic devices, and electronic and industrial materials.
Photo caption: Biotechnology student Michael D. Smith learned to use the electron microscope imager during Electron Microscope Week, and captured the black-and-white image (inset) of an ant embryo.