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 The University of Toledo’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Instrumentation Center is dedicated to support the enhancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We are proud to announce a new community outreach program called SCOPE. 

 We provide teachers with resources that enhance quality of curricula and expose students to the scientific method with a hands-on approach. With the SCOPE program, students and teachers access cyber-enabled microscopes (a scanning electron microscope [SEM] and a confocal light microscope) directly from their classrooms. Several sample activities are listed at the bottom of the page that can be used as a starting point. Each SCOPE session is tailored to each class visited by the SCOPE team and the program is flexible to allow teachers to add to their existing curriculum.

One member of our team will connect with the class via video conference while the other members come to your classroom to run the session. However, it is possible to run the program entirely remotely for schools that are further away. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact or We look forward to working with you in the future!


Pictured: (Left) A high school student uses the SEM directly from her classroom. (Right) A member of our team loads samples into the SEM for a SCOPE session while video conferencing with the class7




Scanning Electron Microscope enables observation on objects at micro- and nano-meter scale. 

•Insects: Up Close and Personal Explores the similarities and differences between various types of insects.

•The Structure of Fabrics Examines fabrics to illustrate that objects under the microscope can vary greatly from expectations to reality.

•Exploring Bacteria and Fungi Examines bacteria and fungi morphology.

•How do Plants Reproduce? Examines pollen from several different types of flowering plants.

Check out more SEM images.



 Confocal Fluorescent Light Microscope delivers optical images with enhanced resolution. 

•Transmission and Absorption of Light Explores the use of light, chromophores, and chemistry to study cell biology.

•Looking at a Real Cell Explores how cells look in real life as opposed to in text books.

•Understanding Organelles: Centrioles Explores the importance of centrioles and focuses on research done by the Avidor-Reiss lab.

 We are experienced with students at all levels.

 Recent Participants:

Elementary Schools

      •Summit Academy, Toledo, Ohio

Middle Schools

•Ida Middle School, Ida, Michigan

•Jefferson Middle School, Monroe, Michigan

•Monroe Middle School, Monroe, Michigan

High Schools

•Ottawa Hills High School, Ottawa Hills, Ohio

•Ida High School, Ida, Michigan

•Whitmer High School, Toledo, Ohio

•Northwood High School, Northwood, Ohio

•Cardinal Stritch High School, Oregon, Ohio

•Napoleon High School, Napoleon, Ohio


•Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

•Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts


 Additional S.C.O.P.E. Resources 

Facebook Page:

ICenter Calendar: Instrument Reservation

Sample Worksheets/Activities:       SEM Activities

                                             How do Plants Reproduce?

                                             What does Pollen Look Like?

                                             SI Units: How Big is a Nanometer?

                                             Insects: Up Close and Personal

                                            The Structure of Fabrics

                                            Exploring Bacteria and Fungi

                                                Confocal Activities

                                            Understanding Organelles: Centrioles

                                           Looking at a Real Cell

                                           Transmission and Absorption of Light




Last Updated: 11/16/16