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SmartLab Indoor-Outdoor Microscope

SmartLab Indoor-Outdoor Microscope

Spring 2008 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $19.99
Indoor-Outdoor Microscope (IOM) is a 10X mini microscope that can be held in your hand or be clipped into a stand. To be able to view specimens more clearly, the IOM has an LED light that is activated by pushing a button on the neck. It also comes with a lanyard that is easily attached for convenient travel. A pocket-sized plastic case holds the IOM, tweezers, a micropipet, and two sample vials. Four prepared slides, extra specimen slides, and slide coverslips are also included. The colorful 32-page companion book, Up Close and Personal!, describes how to use the kit and shows lots of common materials to investigate under the microscope. Each page includes "Did You Know?" facts about the tiny world around us.

This product is a tool to explore. It opens a young person's eyes to a very small world that they may not have thought much about. Look at paper money with lots of tiny print and watermarks and learn about how the government tries to prevent counterfeiting. Look at a sponge and learn how they work and where they come from. Once the discovery begins, very little prompting is necessary.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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