Microscopy Workshop for Middle and High School Science Teachers

Course Details


Although most science classrooms have access to microscopes, often teachers lack the time or support needed to successfully integrate these instruments into 21st century technologies and learning paradigms. This workshop is designed to show teachers how to use microscopes to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and methods for assessing teaching and learning.

The goal of the program is to instill confidence and inspire teachers to integrate the use of microscopes more readily into their curriculum throughout the school year by helping science teachers develop microscopy skills, lessons, and experiments to use in their classrooms. Teachers will adapt and/or create experiments to support the NGSS.

Hooke College of Applied Sciences is a world-renowned facility where people from law enforcement, industry, and academia train to use microscopy to solve problems. You will find the faculty (a mix of school teachers and microscopy experts) to be both knowledgeable and approachable.
Each participant will gain experiene with a stereomicroscope, compound microscope, and digital imaging software.

All participants will receive a book of microscopy experiments for the Motic microscope written by John Gustav Delly, author of hundreds of books and articles in the field of Microscopy. All experiments can easily be applied to other brands of microscopes.

  • Base cost: Tuition for three days of instruction (includes lunch) $499 (to be paid upon registration)
  • Motic microscope with built-in digital camera: $450 (to be paid by school district)*
  • Graduate credit through Concordia University – Chicago (Optional): $600 (to be paid to Concordia on the first day of class)**

*Teachers will need to secure a letter of support (which includes a commitment of funds) from their school districts in order to take the digital microscope back to their schools and use it in their classrooms!

**The course is also recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and carries 35 Illinois Continuing Professional Development Units. As an option, students who complete the course can apply for 3 graduate credits through Concordia University Chicago, at $200/hour. Graduate students will need to complete supplemental work to receive credit. If you are interested in graduate credit, please contact for additional information.

  • Microscopy basics
  • Converting your microscope to polarized light, darkfield, and Rheinberg
  • Measuring with the microscope
  • Digital microscopy
  • Teaching with the Microscopy Society of America Sandbox
  • Building a microaquarium
  • Crystals under the microscope
  • Microchemistry
  • Hair and fiber microscopy
  • Microscopy of money
  • Teaching with the Foldscope
  • Microscope care and cleaning
  • Student lesson plan presentations

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to effectively use the microscope and implement it throughout the school year.

Middle and high school science teachers who want to effectively use the microscope in their science curriculum. Pre-service teachers are encouraged to attend.

  • Motic polarized light microscope
  • Digital camera and image capture software.

“Outstanding Instructors!” Loyola University

“Freedom to try equipment and be exposed to scientists in the field.” LTHS

“Materials (educational) and lessons provided. The amount was tremendous.” DaVinci Academy

“Lots of hands on activities, relevant to classroom teachers.” Chicago Public Schools

Certified middle school and high school science teachers will benefit from this course.

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% Attendance
  • Class participation
  • Completion of all course material
  • Completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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