My daughter’s school has a tradition for 2nd grade, to celebrate 100 days of school.
So my daughter had to prepare something relating to the number “100”. At 1st grade they celebrated 50 days of school and my wife made a cake shaped like the number 50. So this year my daughter decided to spare her mother and not bring a cake (as several other kids did).
We pitched several ideas, and she chose my idea of using the microscope to enlarge 100x certain objects (hence, the relevance to this blog :-) ).
A few years ago I bought a microscope at AmScope to use at home with the kids. It is a 40x-400x compound microscope, and it has a digital camera that you can connect with a USB to your laptop. This allowed us to take really nice images of the objects we examined.
I brought E. coli and yeast samples from the lab and we imaged them 100x and 400x. We then imaged a single hair from her head. She got really excited about that and also took a hair from her dog, to compare.
She then brought me salt which gave a pretty picture of the cube-shaped crystal. Last, we imaged a leaf of strawberry and mold that grew on a cucumber.
We made a nice poster:
This was a great experience for both of us. She was really excited and we imaged for over an hour, late in the evening. She’s interested in science, particularly medicine. She’s rational, she’s smart and clever. She will do great things when she grows up.