NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dual LED Student Microscope – 50+ pc Science Kit Includes Set of 10 Prepared Biological & 10 Blank Slides, Lab Shrimp Experiment, 10x-25x Optical Glass Lenses and more! (Silver)
|Light Source Type||LED|
|Model Name||Dual LED Student Microscope – 50+ pc Science Kit Includes Set of|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7.25 x 5.7 x 12.5 inches|
|Item Weight||2 Pounds|
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- TWO MICROSCOPES IN ONE! Use the lower LED lights to view biological specimens on slides or switch over to the upper lights to examine 3D objects in intricate detail. The perfect STEM activity for boys and girls.
- OVER 50 ACCESSORIES INCLUDED – Explore a curated set of 10 prepared slides with a range of biological specimens, then create your own with the included blank slides and covers, tweezers, and an eye-dropper. This complete kit also includes a Petri dish for plant labs, a mini geode, and more!
- POWERFUL LEARNING TOOL – This microscope features two sets of optical glass lenses providing 20x and 50x magnification, and is easy to operate making learning fun and accessible for young scientists. Kids science experiments have never been so fun!
- BRINE SHRIMP EXPERIMENT INCLUDED – Track the life cycle of brine shrimp with the complete included experiment! Includes hatchery station, shrimp eggs, petri dish, and lab manual. Includes a detailed, full-colour STEM learning guide.
- SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – The National Geographic STEM series provides kids high-quality educational toys that are a whole lot of fun! If your experience is anything less than extraordinary, let us know so we can make it right for you.
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Incredible Dual Function Light System
Featuring an upper and lower set of ultra-bright LED lights, this microscope allows scientists to view both prepared slides and any 3D object they find!
Comprehensive Learning Guide
Explore the fascinating history of microscopes and learn all about the specimens included in this kit's prepared slides set.
Two Sets of Lenses for 20x and 50x Magnification
Examine specimens at 20x magnification then simply slide out the eyepieces and replace them with the 50x eyepieces for an even closer look!
Epidermis of Allium Cepa - Whole Mount
More commonly known as onion skin, this sample is included in the kit's prepared slides.
Teach your child about the history of microscopes, proper slide preparation, biology and more!
Enjoy the thrill of discovery with this is a fascinating STEM learning activity that includes over 50 accessories and is the perfect introduction to microscopes.
Featuring high-quality glass optics and powerful LED lights that illuminate slides from below and 3D objects from above, this microscope is the perfect tool for your budding scientist.
This Kit Includes:
- Two sets of optical glass lenses providing 20x and 50x magnification
- 10 prepared slides with a range of biological specimens
- A slide storage box
- 10 blank slides
- 10 slide covers
- 10 slide labels
- Brine shrimp eggs and hatchery station
- Tweezers and an eye dropper for slide prep
- Petri dish for plant labs
- A mini geode
- Microscopes Learning Guide with full operating instructions
In the Brine Shrimp Experiment, students observe the life cycle of tiny ocean creatures. Your child will gain valuable hands-on experience in the scientific method, visual analysis, note-taking, scientific procedure and more.
Examine the 10 professionally prepared slides that include specimens ranging from earthworms to muscle tissue to fungi and lichen.
Compare the prepared slides to the slides you prepare using samples collected at home. Encourage your child to explore the world around them and take a closer look at everyday objects like leaves, potato chips, rocks and fingernails. A perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages providing endless hours of fun.
National Geographic supports this product with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
About the National Geographic Society: With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the 131-year-old National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations.
choking hazard - small parts - not suitable for children under 3 years
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The quick and dirty solution to the problem is to put a couple of layers of tissue paper under the ground glass diffuser in the base. This reduces the light level and diffuses the light so you can look at slides. This is a somewhat messy solution, since there is still no control over light intensity.
The manufacturer should, at minimum, use a ground glass diffuser that both reduces the light and diffuses it adequately. An intensity control for the lights would be highly desirable. Until they fix this, don't buy.
After looking at and reading many reviews, I chose this one because it had all the little necessary items included.
I, and my students, are highly discouraged by the trust factor. You pay for new, and get used.
If this had come with everything promised, this rating would be quite the opposite because viewing the prepared slides and the few larger specimens we’ve looked at has been fantastic.
The condenser lens comes out easily, so make sure to be careful when unboxing. Depending on what you are viewing the light source from below may still be too bright to see details. We found that if you take a small piece of wax paper and place under the glass piece it diffuses the light more and makes the specimen easier to see. There are many slides that come in a plastic case and most are already setup for viewing. (Examples: onion skin, fungi, earthworm cross section, etc.) The earthworm slide is one I would recommend diffusing more with the wax paper to see the individual layers of intestine and epidermis.
This set also comes with a vile of Brine Shrimp eggs and a hatchery. The instructions to hatch the eggs are in the instruction manual. It's quite simple to make the saltwater using bottled water and salt without iodine. The eggs are supposed to hatch 24-48hrs later, but we were unable to see any hatch after waiting four full days. After research, there are many factors that could cause the eggs to not hatch, such as water was too cold, too many eggs, etc. You are instructed to place the hatchery in a window sill and it has been cold outside. With the shallow water for the eggs I fear the water may have gotten too cold. I will start the hatching process over very soon.
The microscope is battery-operated and requires 2 AA batteries that are not included. Otherwise, this is a near complete starter kit for a teenager who is interested in science. I have a 7 and 6 yr old that enjoy looking through the microscope with our help. They love to find things when outside and bring in to get a closer look! Thanks for watching!
NOTE: The directions give no warning that the diffuser glass at the base is not fastened down or that it needs to be placed with the frosted side down. There is no direction to remove the objective lenses before you turn it upside down to put in the batteries, but there should be. The objectives can fall out during this operation.
To view slides, you need to change the objectives. This microscope is marginal for viewing slides mainly because its magnification is limited to 50X. The onion skin slide that comes with it was good, but the cells in many of the others are too small to see. Some of the slides have debris as well as the specimen, but they are much better than the pretend slides that come with toy microscopes. I compared the slides from this kit to my collection of slides purchased through a major educational supplier.
All in all, it is quite worthwhile for use at the 20X magnification. It is plastic so it will have to be treated with care.
Top reviews from other countries
Similar products on the market offer 20x magnification only, and this microscope has two set of lens, one for 20x magnification and the other for 50x.
The 50x magnification is a great thing when observing very small objects with the microscope.
Two types of lights (below and above) gives a wide range of observation types. Below light helps better observation of transparent objects.
Included prepared objects (e.g. brine shrimp eggs or crystals) also helps the user experience.
Lenses physically can be set that fits to any kids and adults' eyes.
Good product, I am fully satisfied with it, so are my kids.
G. Szekendy Budapest, Hungary
Initially, I wanted a Stereo Microscope, with a fairly low magnification, say 50X to 100X, to view the Stylus (Needle) from my Vinyl Recorder Player, to make sure it's very clean.
A nice carrying case would have been a welcome addition... for an additional £5, say.
I will be lending the Microscope to a neighbour's 15-year old daughter, as she wants a biology-related career... I hope the microscope inspires her.