Arguably the greatest invention ever created in science, the microscope has its birth dating back to the early 1500's. Every young scientist in your household should own one. Depending on the model, it will allow them to discover the microscopic world, the features of larger objects such as rocks, insects, and leaves, and maybe even the history of the fight against diseases such as TB and Polio!
Think of the excitement of discovering a multitude of life in a few drops of pond water. Or, what about seeing what a nucleus or cell water looks like in an onion cell. Maybe the crystals in an igneous rock? The possibilities are endless.
A great beginner microscope can be had from AmScope. We use these microscopes in all of our summer camps. They sell a variety of different types of microscopes which include Compound, Stereo, and a vast array of accessories and parts. You can order directly from the company's website (free shipping) or from Amazon. Priced at around $90.
This is a perfect microscope for students to learn science. It comes with full optical glass elements, metal framework, a 360 degree rotatable monocular head, coarse and fine focusing, with an LED illumination system that uses either an outlet (adapter included) or three AA batteries (or re-chargeable batteries). It offers five magnification settings, 40X, 100X, 250X, 400X, and 1000X. This is an ideal microscope for academics in home school and from students in elementary to high school. A microscope of this caliber is an excellent instrument for hobbyists. Model
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