Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

On Monday October 1st Colaiste Chiarain took delivery of a Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). This powerful and expensive piece of equipment is normally reserved for universities and industry. It has only been made portable in recent years and can magnify images up to 10,000 times their size! We are one of the first schools in the country to be allowed borrow this from Hitachi. Students in all years brought in samples to view under the microscope, these ranged from spiders to sponges to starfish.
A big thank you to Tony Fagan and Tom Kearney from Hitachi for lending us this piece of equipment and training the science teachers on its use. The students got great enjoyment using it over the past two weeks.

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 Spiders Fang

Spiders Fang

 Spiders Spinneret (web maker)

Spiders Spinneret (web maker)

 Sponge

Sponge

 Starfish

Starfish