During the summer of 2012, Hitachi Inc. loaned the UW-MRSEC education group a table-top
scanning electron microscope for use during education and outreach activities. Thirteen
fifth-graders synthesized ZnO nanoparticles then used the SEM to examine their particles.
The education group sent a summary of the activity including photographs which Hitachi
used for an article about the SEM which they published in the Japanese version of the
Wall Street Journal.