General Lab Information


Modeling Electron Microscopy

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Scientists use specialized tools to study materials at the nanoscale. The scanning probe microscope (SPM) is one tool that allows scientists at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials to “see” materials at the nanoscale. Students will simulate a SPM to gather data and map the surface topography to identify a mystery material.

Vocabulary: atomic force microscope, hypothesis, infer, legend, magnetic field, macroscale, measurement, microscope, nanometer, nanoscale, scanning probe microscope, topographic map

Session Information: This activity is available in-person only.

In-Person Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • Cost: $400 per session (BOCES-aidable)

NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

Developing and Using Models

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards

Number and Operations in Base Ten
Measurement and Data

Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Intermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 4, 2 Safely and accurately use the following measurement tools: metric ruler.

Standard 4, 3 Use appropriate units for measured or calculated values.

Physical Setting Skills, 7 Generate and interpret field maps including topographic and weather maps.

Standard 1, M3.1a Use appropriate scientific tools to solve problems about the natural world.

Standard 1, S2.1b Conduct an experiment design by others.

Standard 1, S2.1d Use appropriate tools and conventional techniques to solve problems about the natural world, including: measuring.

Standard 1, S3.1a Organize results, using appropriate graphs, diagrams, data tables, and other models to show relationships.

Standard 1, S3.1b Generate and use scales, create legends, and appropriately label axes.

Standard 1, S3.2c Evaluate the original hypothesis in light of the data.

Standard 6, 2.2 Use models to study processes that cannot be studied directly (e.g., when the real process is too slow, too fast, or too dangerous for direct observation).

3.3a All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are far too small to see with a light microscope.

4.4g Without direct contact, a magnet attracts certain materials and either attracts or repels other magnets. The attractive force of a magnet is greatest at its poles.