Outreach programs

Melanie Rug setting up a light microscope for a demonstration at Questacon

High School and College Outreach

CAM's outreach program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to learn about microscopy and its wide-ranging applications. 

During a pre-arranged site-visit, students are shown a range of powerful microscopes (including light microscopes and state-of-the-art electron microscopes) and their potential use in subjects such as biology, physics, archaeology, chemistry and palaeontology.

A visit to CAM can ignite students' enthusiasm and can also provide teachers with a launch pad for future lessons.

Teachers can arrange to have their own samples viewed, otherwise we use samples directly related to research at ANU. Samples are magnified under different microscopes showing details smaller than 5 nm (0.000005 mm).

Students are given some hands-on experience with the microscopes and have the opportunity to take their own images home.

The outreach program is run by CAM staff who are specialists in various scientific disciplines. To enquire about being part of our program, please email CAM, or contact us on (02) 6125 3543. We will then arrange a meeting, to discuss and arrange a suitable time for your students to come and visit us at the Centre.

ANU Kioloa Campus Open Days

The Kioloa Costal Campus of ANU runs an annual 'Discovery Day's program. The program includes various holiday activities, walks, talks and demonstrations for curious minds of all ages, led by ANU scientists and artists.

Please note these are currently not running due to temporary site closure. 


Updated:  17 January 2022/Responsible Officer:  Director CAM/Page Contact:  CAM Web Admin