As a part of Bama Biology Bootcamp, the students (and mentors) were given tours of various research labs, ranging from museum collections and molecular plant labs all the way to classical Drosophila genetics labs. In an attempt to expose the students to some of the technology found in our department, I conducted six separate tours of the Optical Analysis Facility, which houses the department's top of the line microscopes. I began the tour by introducing them to the electron microscopy by explaining differences between light and electron imaging theory, comparing the size of glass slides with TEM grids, and briefly showing them samples on the TEM and SEM.
I was psyched to hear that we were hosting the regional Science Olympiad. I had such a great experience with it when I was in elementary school that I couldn't wait to help create the same experience for the students competing this year.