Many of the sites below are specifically designed for students
and teachers and there's even one way you can directly ask
a microscopist your question! There are also some links
to microscope manufacturer's web sites, which can often be
an invaluable source of educational material. Some
even contain tutorials with excellent diagrams, images and
descriptions of how to set up microscopes and even some lesson
are listed in no particular order.
Have fun learning about the amazing microscopic world!
If a site has an image gallery it will generally have its
own 'Fair Use Policy'. Please read the individual site policies
and respect the intellectual property rights of these creative
people as you enjoy the products of their work.
- Quekett Microscopical Club
The second oldest Microscopical society in the world (formed in 1865) - junior only to the Royal Microscopical Society and their journal is a citable scientific publication. The Club has members worldwide.
A fascinating collection of still and moving microscopic
images, animations, and diagrams. Many have explanations
and links to more information. An excellent teaching resource.
Using a light microscope or an electron microscope, Kunkel
captures insects, chemicals, plants, and everyday objects
in dazzling detail and deftly colour-enhances each image.
Major excitation awaits your "rods and cones"!
(Click "image use" for allowed educational use
and Imaging Resources on the WWW
"An internationally recognized web resource. This
collection of web pages provides an extensive list of on-line
microscopy-related resources that are educational and informational,
while keeping the inexperienced user in mind." Also
linked from this page is a series of tutorials and other
is a project which is designed to allow individuals to
experience the flavour of microscopic examination of
the world using their computer as a "Virtual Microscope".
Be sure to check the file size before you begin downloads
over a slow Internet connection. This site also features "Ask
A visual feast of 2-D and 3-D microscopic images, fractals,
and movies. Be sure to visit their online magazine, Micscape which
contains articles about bacteria from Antarctica to Kombucha
to tooth cracks... all with stunning images!
A freely accessible, comprehensive primer in microscopy
designed to be used on the web or downloaded to your computer.
Hosted by Micscape,
the monthly magazine of Microscopy-UK .
Museum of microscopic art forms
Curator Wim van Egmond has collected the finest microscopic
masterpieces nature has ever produced during eons of natural
selection and other life-sculpting mechanisms.
Expressions: Images from the Microscope
Check out the Photo Gallery for images ranging from amino
acids to DNA to dyes and more. Their interactive Microscopy
Primer: Virtual Microscopy section has a number of interactive
tutorials on Scanning Electron Microscopy, Translational
Microscopy, Magnifying Microscopy and more. (Florida
and Microscopy for K-12
A rich collection of web resources tailored to K-12 teachers
and students interested in bringing the microworld into
the classroom incuding microscope activities and introductions
to microscopes and microscopy for elementary or secondary
education. Additional microscope resources are included
in the Guide
to Microscopy Resources.
Protist Image Data
A collection of microscopic images of algae and protozoa
amassed by Charles J. O'Kelly and Tim Littlejohn. Links
to additional sources of information about protists are
also available on this site.
Virtual Library: Microscopy
This page of the WWW-Virtual Library covers all aspects
of light microscopy, electron microscopy and other forms
From the University of Delaware,
this interactive Web program allows you to learn some basics
of microscope use before entering a lab. You can view one
of four slides, change the magnification, adjust the focus
and light. A seven-minute web-based movie introduces the
The Visible Embryo is an on-line tutorial teaching the
first four weeks of human development.
of the Nanoworld
High magnification images of our world as seen through
electron microscopes. Included are images of insects, parasites,
inorganic materials, a variety of microbes, and more. (University
- http://www.microscopyu.com/ This
is Nikon’s microscopy web site (a light microscope
manufacturer) and is a great source of microscopy educational
material including fantastic tutorials and image galleries.
- http://www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/index.html Exploring
the Nanoworld: A Website from the University of Wisconsin,
this is an excellent resource for teachers and students
of all ages.
- http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/electronmicroscope/ takes
you to The Virtual Electron Microscope on discoveryschool.com
and demonstrates how microscopes have contributed to our
knowledge of life science, and provide a better understanding
of the basic differences between plant and animal cells.
Go to the link http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/micro.html for
suggested lesson plans on the microscopic world for grades
- http://www.msa.microscopy.org/Ask-A-Microscopist/Ask-A-Microscopist.html Have
a specific question about microscopy? Use the Microscopy
Society of America's Ask a Microscopist tool!
- http://www.fei.com/Resources/StudentLearning/tabid/91/Default.aspx All
You Wanted to Know About Electron Microscopy....But Didn't
Dare To Ask! This is part of FEI’s web site, a manufacturer
selling electron microscopes. Learn about the core concepts
and capabilities of electron microscopy that allow users
to see 2D and 3D atomic and sub-atomic images. There
is also an image gallery where you can view an array of
insect images rendered with FEI’s electron microscopy
- http://www.mse.iastate.edu/microscopy/home.html takes
you to an exceptional site on the Scanning Electron Microscope
from Iowa State University which includes SEM overviews
and tutorials. It is listed in the BBC education Web guide.
- http://www.lbl.gov/MicroWorlds/ allows
you to visit MicroWorlds, an interactive tour of current
research in the materials sciences at Berkeley Lab's Advanced
- http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/nano/ The
London Science Museum has a fantastic exhibit on Nanotechnology
entitled: Small Science, Big Deal.
- http://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventions/a/microscope.htm this
site covers the history of the microscope and its development.
- http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/b-online/e03/03.htm this
site has a wealth of information on all types of microscopes
and how they work and some fantastic images of cells and
cell organelles that can be seen using an electron microscope.