"I found it! I found it!" I hear in the science lab when my students peer through the microscope looking at a single-celled organism for the first time. "Oooh, it's so creepy" says another. "Let me see!" rings out among the others that are anxiously waiting to view through the eyepiece of the shared microscope.
My students are fascinated with science and can't wait to be hands on in biology with microscopes.
In their educational experience, this is the first time wearing lab coats and going in to the lab. They are from a low socio-economic area with limited exposure to science in their personal lives. I try to give them exposure of as many hands on opportunities as I can to help broaden their interests in science and build their own self-motivated curiosity. Selfishly, it brings me great pleasure to see them flourish in their scientific inquiry.
Every year my sixth grade students jump with enthusiasm in January when I alert them that we will be going to the cellular level using microscopes in the science lab. It's a fascinating time of the year for them when they learn how to use such a professional scientific tool.
The students take great pride in learning how to manipulate the focus lenses in order to look deep into the cells; sometimes there is victory but most of the time frustration.
Our microscopes are just not updated enough for us to focus in on what we are searching for. Along with that, they are in groups of 4 and have to wait their turn to use the scope. Having an LED screen for the entire team to view at once will give them the opportunity to discuss what is in all four of their field of view at the same time.
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