During primary school, all children should develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. Microscopes encourage young learners to work scientifically and encourage curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery.
The Zoomy™ 2.0 is an all-in-one tool with up to 54x magnification, giving early scientific study a new perspective. This small, handheld microscope allows for hands-on learning and discovery.
Easy for young learners to use, children can analyse familiar items close up to see the finer details. Everyday classroom objects can be viewed up to 54x larger, allowing users to zoom in on science discovery. The Zoomy 2.0 also comes with 2 head adapters for hands-free learning. Individual students can explore objects and surrounding with the head adapter while the rest of the class spectate using the interactive whiteboard for whole class discovery. Why not try a ‘Can you guess what it is?’ style game!
“The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time”
By using microscopes, children experience the world around them from a perspective not available to the naked eye. This type of scientific discovery encourages young learners to ask questions about what they can see as they observe their surroundings more closely than before. Prompt questions such as “what can you see that you couldn’t before?”.
Using microscopes also reinforces areas of STEM Learning, and strengthens cross-contextual thinking as children learn the same skills, ideas, and concepts in different contexts.
“STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, four areas of learning that are deeply intertwined and form part of every aspect of our lives. Exposure to STEM subjects helps children to develop critical thinking, reasoning and investigative skills, whilst encouraging innovation and creativity. By stimulating a child’s innate curiosity about the world and allowing them to explore and ask questions from an early age we can help develop a long lasting passion for science and discovery”
Emma Vanstone, Science Sparks
Why use microscopes?
- For many children, looking at books is not enough! They want to see, smell, feel and get hands-on with their own discoveries
- Using microscopes such as Zoomy 2.0 makes discovery and investigation a hands-on activity
- Microscopes help to develop hand-eye coordination and familiarise children with using a variety of screens such as whiteboards and laptops
- Children are not only learning about the objects they are looking at through microscopes, but also how to use the technology of the microscope itself
- Microscopes are fun! Microscopes can be toys as well as research tools, children will be having so much fun they won’t realise they’re learning
Designed for busy teachers, Luna 2.0 is the perfect solution for multimedia projects across the curriculum; it can be used to zoom in on objects for whole-class demonstrations and is ideal for capturing videos and photographs.
This classroom digital projection camera connects via USB port for use with your computer, laptop, projector or interactive whiteboard. Use Luna 2.0 for whole-class demonstrations of maths and science models, experiments in action, sharing book pages, and more.
Making videos with the Luna 2.0 is easy, and the internal microphone allows for video narration by both adults and children while the LED lights help to lighten dark environments. The Luna 2.0 can also be used as a web cam on PC and Mac computers.
This easy-to-use classroom must have allows you to transition quickly from projecting one object to another, and is highly portable, projecting from anywhere in the classroom. Its adjustable gooseneck can be manipulated to view objects from any angle, projected onto a variety of digital screens. No batteries are required, and there is no need for replacement bulbs, making the Luna 2.0 a reliable and cost effective classroom resource!
We’ve put together some ideas for activities that are great for getting young learners involved in microscopic discovery!
- Leave out some bread or other foods until they start growing mould. Take a look at it under the microscope and compare it to a fresh piece!
- Examine various plant parts such as the stem, leaves and roots. Can children identify each piece?
- Examine insects up close, can you see the texture of their body and legs?
- Compare materials such as socks, cardigans and shoes. What are the main differences?
Becky from Playful Learning developed this simple worksheet that is ideal for recording microscope discoveries!