Elementary School ChildrenElementary students are often best introduced to science and the microscope with items that are easily found outside such as flowers, insects or leaves. Using a low power simple microscope such as the 20x magnification MW1-L1 or the Little Professor Microscope, these items are easy to view.
|Feather captured under the microscope.|
Middle School Children
Middle school students are a bit more advanced and enjoy viewing items under the microscope that have more complexity to them. Sugar and salt are perfect items to view under a high power microscope. Have the students look at the granules of sugar or salt on a microscope slide starting at 40x magnification, then moving up to 100x magnification. Once they have viewed the grains of sugar or salt, have them add a drop of water to the sample and notice the changes that take place under the microscope.
|Sugar captured at 40x magnification under the microscope.|
High School Kids
High school students are learning about things that can't be seen with the naked eye in biology and chemistry. A great science project for high school students is viewing normal tap water versus pond water with a high school biology microscope. The water samples can be placed with an eye dropper on a well depression slide and covered with a glass cover slip.
|Bacteria found in pond water.|
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