Most high-school students work with low-powered microscopes and magnifying glasses in their science projects. Students at Hill Regional Career Magnet High School near the School of Medicine are learning from a research-quality Zeiss EM109 electron microscope, an instrument capable of viewing molecular structures. The microscope was donated to the school by Yale in conjunction with the Connecticut Electron Microscopy Society. Yale and Career High already have an extensive partnership for teaching area students about biomedical science.
A Yale-directed team, including Barry Piekos, supervisor of the electron microscope laboratory in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, maintains the instrument and trains teachers and students in its use.