The University of Oregon's TTSEM Science Outreach Program,
in partnership with FEI Company, ONAMI, and the US Department
of Energy, provides a portable table-top scanning electron
microscope for teaching hands-on science in middle and high
schools in Lane and Douglas Counties.
TTSEM Program Objectives:
- Increase knowledge and appreciation of science
and mathematics via exposure to and expermentation with
the submicroscopic world.
- Develop curriculum in middle school science,
high school biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and
physical sciences for use with the TTSEM and associated
- Provide resources to meet Oregon's requirement
for "scientific inquiry work samples."
TTSEM Program Deliverables:
- Nine participating high school and middle school teachers
will develop sample TTSEM curricula. These would
be uploaded to the web site for dissemination.
- Curricular pieces will be developed for undergraduate
and graduate-level physics and chemistry classes and desseminated
via this web site.
- Teachers meet to discuss and brainstorm curriculum at
- Teachers are instructed on SEM principles and trained
to use device.
- A table-top SEM capable of 20,000
times magnification is brought into partner school classrooms.
- SEM is used live in the classroom to provide interactive
and exciting labs and demos.
- TTSEM device will seed the secondary school advanced
science equipment pool (SSASEP), a shareable pool of 'high
tech' equipment such as TTSEMs, high-speed cameras, and
associated curricular support materials. This pool will
be accessible by all Lane ESD high school science teachers
to supplement instruction and support project-oriented
teaching. The experience of using this equipment
pool will be documented and uploaded onto the project
2006-07 Partner Schools
- Cottage Grove High School, Cottage Grove, OR
- Crow Middle School/High School, Crow, OR
- Monroe Middle School, Eugene, OR
- North Douglas High School, Drain, OR
- Springfield High School, Springfield, OR
- South Eugene High School, Eugene, OR