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Hitachi Inspires STEM Education Program: Electron Microsc

Students in Jason Choi’s AP Chemistry class discovered minute details as they looked at objects in an electron microscope.

The device is on loan from Hitachi and on June 6, three members from the Tarrytown office, Yushi Akiyama, Vivek Gupta, and  Ravi Gavarasana, observed as the students learned how the microscope Hitachi developed, worked.

“We hope you take an interest in science and have fun this week,” said Akiyama, the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. “There is a massive shortage of skilled engineers in America and the more kids get excited at an early age, the more opportunities are created for them and it will increase talent pool.”

The students have many items to study over the week including, bugs, seashells, human hair, dog hair and food. An electron microscope magnifies an image up to 100,000 times larger than the human eye.

This type of microscope is often used in the farming and airline industry as well in medical fields.

Jack McNally placed a small bug the microscope and then its image appeared on a screen. “It is really cool,” he said. “We have never seen this before. You can look at anything you want, and it extends the possibilities of what you can learn.”

The AP Chemistry students will show younger students at Washington Irving the electron microscope before the end of the school year.