Sometimes a fresh perspective is all that’s needed to make a familiar school subject seem new and exciting. That’s what makes a digital microscope so cool! It magnifies objects so students can see details missed by the naked eye.

Sound like a new way to get your classroom engaged? Check out these project ideas for Science and Math to get you started.

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Explore Melting Ice (Grades 2-3)

  • Place two ice cubes on a plate. Ask students to predict what will happen when salt is placed on one of the ice cubes.
  • Sprinkle some salt on one ice cube. Place the digital microscope above the salted ice cube and have students observe for one minute.
  • If possible, take pictures of both ice cubes and label them. Have students discuss and write what they see.
  • Then, after four minutes and eight minutes, have them take pictures. They can again discuss and write what they see.
  • Have students generate conclusions about the effects of salt on ice.

The Skinny on Skin (Grades 2-4)

  • Have a volunteer come to the front of the class.
  • Use a digital microscope to get a close look and picture of the child’s skin on the back of their hand. Discuss what is observed.
  • Ask students if they think the skin will look different on the palms of the child’s hand.
  • Discuss possible reasons why they are different.

Counting Change (Grades 2-3)

  • Hold several coins in your hand under the digital microscope. Adjust the focus then slowly move your hand so the students see  part of each coin.
  • Have the students write an estimate of the total value of the coins.
  • Show the students the coins and calculate the actual amount as a group. Students write actual amounts next to their estimates.
  • Have students whose estimates were closest to the amount explain how they determined their answers.
  • Repeat the process with varying amounts and types of coins.

Micro Measures (Grades 2-3)

  • Place a ruler under the digital microscope so the students can see a full centimeter. .
  • Place a paper clip under the Twist and ask students to predict if the paper clip will measure a full centimeter, more than a centimeter, or less than a centimeter.
  • Place the ruler beside the paper clip and focus the microscope so the students can read the measurement.
  • Repeat with other small objects found in the room.