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Microscopes on the Go!

student using microscope in outdoor education

What happens when kids (and adults) can take a simple, handheld microscope anywhere? A whole new level of engagement with the natural world! Students in grades 3 through 8 have been enjoying looking closely at everything from fall leaves and tree bark to fungi and cicada wings. Our new microscopes from Celestron magnify objects up to 120 times and can be used without prepared slides or a science lab. Students have been studying chlorophyll loss in autumn leaves, and these microscopes have enabled them to see specific and detailed differences between green, yellow, red, and especially brown leaves. Looking at living versus non-living objects (moss versus a candy wrapper, for example) has also been notably interesting. We’re so grateful to have access to this new resource. Next on the wishlist: snowflakes!