National Geographic Microscope Set Review

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Throughout your children’s lives, you are going to find them interested in many things. And each and every time you should support them and encourage them to pursue it because you never know what may come out of that particular phase in their adventures life journey.

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8 years and up

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If your kid, at some point, shows a profound love for biology, the National Geographic microscope is probably the best thing you can think about in order to make all his or her dreams come true.

National Geographic Microscope Kit: The basics

We present you with the special National Geographic microscope set that will allow your children to observe and learn about the life that surrounds them. This scientific kit includes two microscopes connected with one base – if you want to observe biological specimens on slides, you should use the first head with the lower LED lights, but if you switch over to the upper lights, you will have the ability to study 3D objects with all their details.

It’s a simple yet powerful learning tool that is very easy to operate. There are two sets of lenses for 20 times and 50 times magnification, perfect for observing expertly prepared slides with specimens like from fungi and lichen to muscle tissue and earthworms, as well as the ones your child created by using samples collected at home.

This great kid’s microscope will give your little scientist an opportunity to participate in the brine shrimp experiment, which is based on observing the life cycle of tiny ocean creatures. With detailed instructions, kids can gain valuable hands-on experience in the research method, scientific procedure, visual analysis, note-taking and more. If they apply for participation at the school science fair, they may even share the results they came up with.

There’s no doubt that your 8-year-old boy or girl will have fun with this fantastic educational toy.

What You See and What You Get

This two pounds silver plastic item is six inches wide and just above nine inches high. It is a tremendous STEM learning product that contains over 50 accessories, and the best possible introduction to science to those who are willing to learn through fun.

The dual microscope science kit for kids, signed by never the less than National Geographic’s, is more than a toy. It’s featuring great-quality glass optics and super LED lights that shine upon slides from below as well a 3D objects from above. 

Alongside the main item, there are optical glass lenses that provide significant magnification, ten blank slides, the same amount of those already prepared ones with a bunch of biological specimens, a storage box, slide covers, and labels. Also, you will be able to find tweezers, a dropper, brine shrimp eggs, brine shrimp hatchery station, operating instructions, mini geode, Petri dish, and detailed learning guide.

For a kid in lower grades, each thing will look like a piece of professional lab equipment, and the fact that they will have enough material to maintain research for quite some time is going to bring a massive smile on their faces.

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How To Use

Take a slide with a specimen you want to explore, and put it on a stage. Then make sure that the distance between the two heads is appropriate and adjust the core focus by rolling the side knob. At the bottom of the other side, there is a switch that can turn the light from above or below and provide you with better visualization of the specimen through the condenser lens. 

Make sure, when taking the condenser lens out, to put it back in its housing in a way that rougher side goes down. Also, you should be careful when unpacking the kit because this part can come out, and possibly break.

Regarding the brine shrimp experiment, prepare the bottled water (to make sure there are no impurities) with the salt that isn’t ionized. Let them hatch for 24 to 48 hours. Then put a bit of that compound in a blank slide, add some brine shrimp eggs, and start your scientific journey. Pretty good lenses will provide you with a detailed picturing.

If you think about it, this is a great gift for 8-year-old girls who prefer playing with insects rather than dolls, those smart young ladies who enjoy more the visit to natural history museums that the Disney world.

Buyer's Guide

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Advantages

The fact that this item brings so much more than a regular toy would is outstanding and worthy of praise. There is not just singular but dual microscope, and it comes with not just a few but more than 50 parts with each being crucial and well thought out. Besides that, existing lenses are surprisingly good and sharp, especially given the affordable low price.

As if that wasn’t enough, the set contains real, professionally prepared slides with samples kids can look at and learn about, as well as a whole experiment kit so they can convey their first research entirely on their own. In order to know how there is also a detailed learning guide with all the information they will need.

National Geographic supports this product with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and besides that offers a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. The product is marked by a brand known as one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations with a mission to inspire people to care about the planet.

Disadvantages

Glass slides and slide covers are very delicate and easy to break, which is normal when it comes to this specific item, but having in mind that children will be the main consumers of a product, it might be inconvenient.

The microscope is not supposed to get in the hands of kids under three years old since the set contains a lot of small parts that can end up being dangerous if they try to eat them.

To Conclude

Encourage your kids to explore the world around them with great interest, and to take a closer look at everyday objects they find interesting, unusual, or fascinating. Join the millions of parents who have chosen National Geographic because of their award-winning educational gifts, you won’t regret it.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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