The Instrumentation Center

S.C.O.P.E. - Scientists Changing Our Pre-college Education

Covid-19 Remote Learning resources

remote lessonThe SCOPE Program has been remotely bringing sophisticated scientific instrumentation into classrooms since 2010. Our program has evolved and adapted to many challenges since its inception, none of which have come close the the hurdles we've all been faced with due to the pandemic. However, SCOPE will continue to rise to the occasion and create freely available content to inspire future scientists to keep learning.

The following modules are offered as either a recording or a live Zoom meeting*:

Kingdoms of Life-Pollen

Face Masks-How do they Measure Up?

*Remote control of the Scanning Electron Microscope is also a possibility, depending on respective internet connections

Please contact and to set up your remote learning sessions. We look forward to working with you soon!

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 microscopes directly from their classrooms. 
  • Each SCOPE session is tailored to each class visited by the SCOPE team.
  • The program is flexible to allow teachers to add to their existing curriculum.
  • Best of all, this program is absolutely FREE to any school wishing to participate!

The SCOPE Program can be utilized as an on-site program where we visit your school and talk to your class(es) in person, or as a remote program where we connect via video conferencing software like Zoom, Google Meet, or Webex. Click Here for more information about how SCOPE sessions are run.

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Pictured: A student in the classroom operates the SEM and a member of our team loads samples while video conferencing with students (left); A student in their home remotely controls the SEM during a Google Meet SCOPE session (right).

sign up If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact or

We look forward to working with you in the future! 

Our Instruments

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

The Scanning Electron Microscope enables observation of objects at the micro- and nano-meter scale and is used to examine the morphology of samples. Learn more

Confocal Light Microscope

The Confocal Fluorescent Light Microscope delivers optical images with enhanced resolution. Learn more

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)

The Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer analyzes the chemical composition of aromas and flavors. 



 We are experienced with students at all levels

SCOPE Participants

Elementary & Middle Schools

  • Ida Middle School, Ida, Michigan
  • Jefferson Middle School, Jefferson, Michigan
  • Liberty Center Middle School, Liberty Center, Ohio
  • Monroe Middle School, Monroe, Michigan
  • Montessori of Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Sara's Garden, Wauseon, Ohio
  • Springfield Middle School, Holland, Ohio
  • Summit Academy, Toledo, Ohio
  • Tiffin Middle School, Tiffin, Ohio

High Schools

  • Cardinal Stritch High School, Oregon, Ohio
  • Clay High School, Oregon, Ohio
  • Clyde High School, Clyde, Ohio
  • Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Hicksville High School, Hicksville, Ohio
  • Ida High School, Ida, Michigan
  • Lanier High School, Buford, Georgia
  • Loudon County Public Schools, Ashburn, Virginia
  • Meadowcreek High School, Norcross, Georgia
  • Napoleon High School, Napoleon, Ohio
  • Northwood High School, Northwood, Ohio
  • Ottawa Hills High School, Ottawa Hills, Ohio
  • Perrysburg High School, Perrysburg, Ohio
  • Robichaud High School, Dearborn Heights, Michigan
  • Scott High School, Toledo, Ohio
  • Swanton High School, Swanton, Ohio
  • Toledo Early College, Toledo, Ohio
  • Triway High School, Wooster, Ohio
  • Whitmer High School, Toledo, Ohio

Colleges & Universities

  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts 



Last Updated: 10/22/20