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Scientist using an Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).

Microscopes and Tools for the Small

We use special tools to detect things we can't see with just our eyes. A compilation of microscope resources focusing on revealing things too small to see with just our eyes. Resources include activities and images about magnification, light or optical microscopes, Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM), and Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM).

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Annual Events Incorporating Measurement and Magnification

Pi Day and International Day of Mathematics (March 14)

NanoDays (last weekend in March - first weekend in April)

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month (April)
National Math Festival (mid-April)

World Quantum Day (April 14)

DNA Day (April 25)

National Nano Day (October 9th)

Metric Day (October 10th)

Working with STEM Experts Guide cover including an image of expert  puring a liquid and using a strainer with a girl and her family at a museum public event

Finding STEM Experts