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AI Website Plaatje 01Order Nikon’s educational program Zoom: Light on Small for free. Zoom: Light on Small consists of five lessons in which pupils take a close look at the wonderful world of little creatures. Animals, plants, moss, soil and even litter will look different when you magnify it twenty times. Students explore how life and death, survival and cooperation work, for the ecosystem, plants and animals. The educational program is suitable for pupils from the first and second class of high school and the final class of the primary school. Check if the nearest NME-Centre provides the microscopes so you can borrow these in order to study the small objects in 3D. You can download the educational material through the button below.

Content educational materials

The project consists of five lessons that focus on three themes: the ecosystem, plants and animals. For each lesson the students receive several worksheets, which they complete in groups of four or five students. They search for specific animals and plants that live around the school and study them with a microscope. Depending on the students’ level this project will take about four to eight hours.

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Zoom: Light on Small consists of the following parts:

  • Introduction lesson
  • Theme: Ecosystem
  • Theme: Plants
  • Theme: Animals
  • Creating a poster

Every theme can be addressed in one lesson but it can also be expanded to more lessons when you want to go more into depth. In the final lesson the pupils make and present a poster.

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For all secondary schools and group 7 and 8 from the primary school.

Zoom: Light on Small is suitable for the first and second class of secondary education. The materials can also be used in the highest classes of primary education. If your school participates in Eco-Schools, this project ties in with several themes such as ‘green’ and ‘waste.’ If you do not participate in Eco-Schools, Zoom: Light on Small is very suitable for working with students on the theme “green” in an interactive way.

Send us a photo and win a real NIKON binocular

The photo competition will run from March 2024 until the end of May 2024. The schools who are participating on Zoom can send us a picture and have the chance to win real NIKON binoculars! Would you like to know more about the photo competition? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Participating is for free

Participation for Zoom: Light on Small is for free. You can download the material for free and there are no costs involved for the lending of the microscopes at the NME-centres. The following NME-centres provide the microscopes:

  1. Hertenkamp (Enkhuizen)
  2. De Grote Rivieren (Maasdriel, West Maas en Waal, Zaltbommel)
  3. Natuur en Milieuorganisatie Overijssel
  4. Papaver Delft
  5. Utrecht Natuurlijk
  6. Natuur- en milieueducatie Haarlem
  7. Stichting GreenArtLab (Zwolle)
  8. Stad & Natuur Almere


Can you not wait to start with Zoom: Light on small? Register down below. You will receive a direct link to download our teaching materials.


Do you want to participate in Zoom: Light on Small with your school or group? Register down below. You will receive a direct link to download our teaching materials.

Pay attention! A limited number of microscopes is available at Eco-Schools, because most of our microscopes can be borrowed through four local NME-centers. It is possible that we may not have microscopes available or that we will refer you to an NME-centre.

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The data mentioned above will only be used by SME (the executive party for Eco-Schools NL and Zoom: Light on Small). The personal data will be saved in a database of SME and not be published to third parties and can be deleted on request.

Zoom: Light on Small has been funded by Nikon Europe. 

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