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There seems to be quite a bit on emphasis on scientific and chemical work in the media lately. We’ve got a blood spatter analyst who moonlights as a serial killer, dozens of shows involving different combinations of letters doing criminal investigations, and more than one reboot of a classic high-functioning sociopathic detective. Each and every one of them have been embracing the idea that through microscopes we can discover all kinds of interesting things, from a person’s guilt to alleviating boredom. All in all, it’s been a good couple of years for fans of the hard sciences.
If you’ve got a young one who is beginning to show interest in the world of microscopic particles, the Meade Model 900X kit makes for a great starter set with a low barrier for entry. The kit contains 28 pieces, including slides, dye, and many other scientific items to assist with the empirical data gathering process. The microscope itself is nothing to sneeze at for an entry level tool; it features 100X, 400X and 900X magnifications, as well as everything your kid needs to get started with their investigation.
Careful with those chemicals, though. We wouldn’t want your kids figuring out who was using their smartphones while yours was doing a system update.
Check out this video of a guy who made his own microscope.