Penn Laird Students Use $75,000 Microscope On Loan From Hitachi
Parent-volunteer Tracy Clark, who works as a chemist for Merck, helps Cub Run Elementary School fifth-graders Aaron Root (top left), Ryan Shomk (top right), Zack Gutshaw (bottom left) and Dwitt Scafadi (bottom right) identify a tooth under a scanning electron microscope Monday at the Penn Laird school. While a standard light microscope used in most school science labs can magnify objects up to about 400 times, this scanning electron microscope, on loan from Hitachi, can reach magnifications of 30,000 times. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Tracy Clark takes the tooth out of the microscope to help students identify what they were seeing through the scanning electron microscope. The microscope essentially beams electrons at an item and recreates a 3-D image based on how the electrons are scattered and transmitted.
Cub Run fifth-graders (left to right) Ainslee Fortner, Natalie Clark and Madison Sweet with help from parent-volunteer Lynn Lucatorto try to match up the same object pictured under different levels of zoom from the scanning electron microscope Monday at the school.
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