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Whether in schools, universities, or in professional education: microscopy courses are a permanent fixture in today’s science curriculum. Modern educational microscopes give students and instructors alike an easy introduction to the microworld: they have an extra rugged design to withstand being used by a lot of different people every day. Thanks to their many user-friendly features there’s no need for complicated advance settings, either. The instructor can concentrate fully on actual teaching and actively involve students in the lesson. Special software for educational microscopes allows an interactive learning environment: microscope images are easily transferred to monitors as visual teaching aids or for active group work. Nowadays, there are even wireless solutions for microscopy lessons which take the learning experience outside the classroom.

  • Free Webinar on-Demand: AirTeach Software

    Wi-Fi Education solutions help teachers to make class more interactive and inspiring. With network capable microscope cameras and the Leica AirLab App learning content gets transferred directly to students’ viewing devices. This promotes teamwork and makes sharing easy in the classroom and beyond.
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  • Factors to Consider when Selecting Student Microscopes for Schools and Universities

    Selecting educational microscopes is not an easy task for teachers. The microscopes must stand up to daily use by not always careful hands, be constantly up and running, and fit the budget requirements. Especially with student microscopes, practical aspects play a role: Size, weight, cabling, and design are important in their daily use – and this should be taken into consideration even before the equipment and accessories of the microscopes enter the decision process. If chosen carefully, educational microscopes will open windows to a cosmos of minute detail which delight young minds in schools and universities – and ideally keeps them fascinated enough to make science their profession.
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  • MyScope for Global Research Training

    MyScope is an online educational site that provides modules on scanning and transmission electron microscopy, scanning probe and atomic force microscopy, confocal microscopy, X-ray diffraction and microanalysis. These advanced research techniques are important in characterization of materials and understanding biological processes. Developed by technique experts across the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), quality and usability are assured.
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  • Microscopes Put to the Test with Severe Conditions: ISO Standard for Resistance of Optical Instruments to Fungus and Mold Growth

    Microscopes and other optical instruments can be affected during use by environmental factors. The environment depends on the geographic location and conditions of the place where the instrument is put to use. Usually, microscopes are manufactured in a way to ensure instrument robustness to a variety of conditions.
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  • Venturing into Uncharted Dimensions – the Fascination of Future Technologies

    Beyond the confines of the school curriculum, the young talent promotion program Initiative Junge Forscherinnen und Forscher e.V. (Initiative for Young Researchers) from Würzburg, Bavaria, has set itself the task of fostering an enthusiasm for natural sciences and future technologies in young people. Christoph Stolzenberger is one of the IJF’s science presenters. In his Experimentarium and NanoShuttle, he and his team of postgraduates inspire young researchers’ interest in the wonderful world of microstructures.
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  • Hunting Down the Hay Bacillus – Educational Microscopes in Biology Teaching

    Learning begins with perception. Sensory impressions are branded in our mind and become the building blocks of knowledge. The more intensively young people are involved in the lesson and the more experiences they can make themselves, the easier they find it to learn. Hands-on microscopy is therefore a key component of modern science teaching, for example at the Philippinum Grammar School in Weilburg, where students love working with Leica educational microscopes.
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  • Bird Park Gives Fascinating Insights into the Variety of Nature

    The Vogel- und Naturschutz-Tierpark Herborn to the north of Frankfurt may be small, but it’s always a great experience for school classes – and not only because it’s home to more than 300 animals of 80 different species, from South African blue cranes and white storks to meerkats and muntjac deer. Another special highlight for schoolchildren is the opportunity to look through a stereomicroscope and gain fascinating insights into nature.
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  • Pathology Overcomes Boundaries – Interactive Microscope System Facilitates Training of Pathologists in Developing Countries

    "The lack of pathological examinations is one of the most pressing issues of medical care in developing countries." Dr. Roberto Monaco, pathologist in Neaples, knows the disastrous consequences from his own experience. He is a member of the board of the Italian NGO "Patologi oltre Frontiera" ("Pathologists beyond the Borders") and campaigns in this capacity for the implementation of pathological examinations as the basis for diagnosis and therapy even in the poorest countries.
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  • Antimicrobial Coating for Educational Microscopes

    Bacteria are part of our world. There are countless numbers of them in the human body and they are completely harmless. But in people with a weak immune system or at the wrong place they can cause serious illness. Educational microscopes that pass through many hands are potential breeding grounds for germs. To solve this problem...
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Useful Links

Web Sources

www.ibiology.org/
Teaching tools, video lectures on biology and microscopy

www.youtube.com/user/iBioEducation
iBioEducation Microscopy Courses

www.jove.com/science-education-database/1/general-laboratory-techniques
JoVE Science Education Videos

bitesizebio.com
Online magazine and community for young researchers

www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/intro/index.html
An Introduction to Microscopy by Microscopy UK

Organizations / Institutes

www.microscopy.org/
Microscopy Society of America

www.eurmicsoc.org/
European Microscopy Society

www.rms.org.uk/
Royal Microscopical Society

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