Outreach Program

The IMC19 Outreach Learning Space

Welcome to the IMC19 Learning Space, a designated online educational zone with a physical presence during IMC19, 2018. This space is specially designed to allow students to experience the very latest light and electron microscope equipment first hand and meet with microscope researchers and instrument specialists.

We have partnered with a number of nearby institutions, including the Maritime Museum and MAAS (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences), to produce a set of exciting samples and four storyline-based activities adaptable to complete lesson plans. These will be available online here to participating classes in advance of the Congress, and publicly available post-conference for ongoing use. Images taken prior to and during the conference outreach sessions will also be available here as resources to support the lesson plans. These documents are intended to align with the key learning outcomes appropriate to development stages 4-5 in the NESA guidelines (NSW). Teachers are encouraged to tailor lesson plans to the needs of their own class and generate assessments as required.


For invited schools

Before you visit

Invited schools will be notified via email by the end of Term 2 2018. Please contact us if you have applied and received no response by this time.

Participating schools will be able to access preparatory activities at this webpage. These documents will outline the four storyline-based activities and challenges available and the kind of instruments that will be available. They will be accompanied by suitable lesson plans. Prior to your visit, class teachers will need to divide their group of up to 30 students between each of the four storylines, so that activities can be conducted in maximum group sizes of 7 or 8. 

Lesson Plans

Use this link to access complete pre-work lesson plans to be explored with your class in preparation for your visit:

IMC19 PreWork Lesson Plans

IMC19 On-the-day Activity Sheets (A3)

On the day

On the day of your visit, on arrival at the ground floor main entrance, classes will be escorted to the 3rd floor of the Convention Centre and guided through the individual learning zone precincts. The Learning Zone will be divided into 7 spaces, each staffed by technical and academic experts, and outreach staff. The first location is a demonstration space, where each class is inducted into the exhibition layout. Over 15 minutes, students are introduced to the exhibition layout, the storyline set of challenges, and the instruments and analysis tools available, and issued with activity sheets. The space showcases each major microscopic technique, some 3D methods of data representation, and the MyScope Outreach simulator tool (http://myscopeoutreach.org/).

Spaces 2-5 are allocated to four storylines.

Each space contains a set of light and electron microscopes with samples already in place, and a screen displaying samples and reconstructed datasets. Students view a range of samples while exploring the questions in their activity sheet as they go. This session lasts approximately 30-40 minutes. The class comes together for the sixth space, featuring a short 5 minute demonstration of interactive 3D datasets. A Virtual Reality specialist demonstrates how it is possible to navigate through a microstructure to find the object or structure they are looking for and visualise the material in a new way.

The Learning Zone finishes at the seventh space, where each class is given a parting gift, a summary of the experiences they were taken through, and links to our outreach website, where example images from the program will be available for further use in class activities.


For all schools

At the completion of the conference, lesson plans and example images from the program will be publicly available at this website, providing engaging STEM activities for students in Stages 4-5 of study.

We look forward to welcoming visiting schools to the IMC19 Outreach Learning Space.


Group visiting details

Admission: Free, own transportation to be arranged

What to bring?

Staff: > 32GB USB Stick and prepared worksheets

Students: Mobile phones, tablets


Contacts and further information

Dr Benjamin Pace

Project Officer

T: +61 2 8627 6473


Dr Ingrid Mccarroll

Project Officer

T: +61 2 9351 7679



The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society



Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis



Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility


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