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Grab your backpack and your Number 2 pencils, because it’s time to go back to school! Now is the time to take advantage of great sales and make sure your student is ready for the year ahead.

New clothes, books, materials, study guides, lunch apparel; you’ve though of everything! Or have you? We are almost certain that you have not! One thing your student needs that is unlikely to be on a school-sponsored list is a microscope.

Why would you, or more importantly, your student, need a microscope?

Parents often ask this with the fear in mind that they will end up spending money on a tool that they do not know how to use, or that their kids will not use enough to justify the cost, but we believe investing in a microscope is worth every penny. Here are four reasons why:

WOW microscope for kids

A stereo microscope like the WOW Scope has a larger stage setting to study 3D objects with ease.

  1. Hands-on experience is the best kind of experience. While most school systems provide microscopes for cellular studies, students are restricted to class time and curriculum restraints. Have a personal microscope allows for students to explore beyond what they get in a classroom setting. 
  2. Having a microscope encourages younger children to learn through exploration. 92% of boys and 97% of girls will lose interest in STEM if not engaged by the 5th grade. Exploration is a key component of maintaining that engagement. Having kits and ready-to-use science supplies is a quick way to get students on board early.  
  3. Microscopes can last for a long time. Given that a microscope receives proper and quality care, a microscope can stay useful as a learning and exploration tool for years.  To learn more about ways to care for a high quality kid microscope, check out My First Microscope Guide. 
  4. Microscopes aren’t just great for students! Microscopes make great gifts for hobbyists. Stereo microscopes are especially useful for electronics or minerals, as the larger stage is suitable for 3D samples. Some scopes, like the My First Lab Duo Scope, incorporate the attributes of multiple microscope models, thus making it a perfect gift for hobbyists and junior investigators alike.

Whether you’re looking into a microscope for a student or just as a gift, these instruments are extremely valuable. They instill a sense of exploration and encourage learning with both young children and students.  

Want to learn more?

My First Lab has been a leader in developing STEM equipment for the past 30 years. With products ranging from microscopes and bundles to prepared slides and accessories, we are sure to have any product for the junior investigator, hobbyist or educational leader. Learn how to create some hands-on experiments through our Maximum Launch, enjoy our blog or browse our award-winning products.