3 Reasons To Invest In A Microscope This School Year
Are you curious as to why you should invest in a microscope this school year? Around 94.5% of students lose interest in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) by the 5th grade.
Students who feel unsure about their STEM skills are less likely to pursue STEM in their future careers. Students may lose interest in learning about STEM subjects due to industry stereotypes, intimidation in the classroom, or not understanding learning materials.
STEM learning provides students with real-world examples and allows them to experiment and learn from their mistakes. STEM education strengthens students’ innovation, creativity, confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Discover more benefits of STEM learning on our blog, How Stem Education Promotes Success in Students!
Microscopes are a great educational tool that encourages curiosity and creativity in students. During regular classroom activities such as tests, quizzes, and assignments, students may feel intimidated and nervous about pursuing STEM subjects.
Teaching with microscopes and interactive tools allows students to solve real-world problems through their process of trial and error. Interactive learning promotes exploration and curiosity, which can engage and encourage them to pursue STEM subjects.
Why does your student need a microscope for back-to-school? You should invest in a microscope so that students can gain hands-on experience, develop STEM skills, and find a new hobby.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Gain Hands-on Experience
- Invest in a Microscope and Develop STEM Skills
- Invest in a Microscope and Find a New Hobby
- Purchase Quality Products with Long Lifespans
- My First Lab’s Mission
1. Gain Hands-On Experience
Hands-on experiences create an energetic and creative atmosphere that drives students to participate and engage more during school.
There are many benefits to hands-on experience, including the following:
- Encourages creative and critical thinking
- Engages both sides of the brain
- Increases attention span
Learn more about increasing your student’s attention span with our engaging activities in our blog, Kids Glued to the TV? Increase Attention Span with Engaging, Educational Activities!
2. Develop STEM Skills
Having a microscope encourages younger children to learn through exploration. 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 with STEM education early.
While most school systems provide microscopes for cellular studies, class time and curriculum restrict students’ passion. Having a personal microscope allows students to explore beyond what they learn in a classroom setting. A personal microscope allows students to practice STEM skills at their own pace.
3. Find a New Hobby
Microscopes aren’t just beneficial for students, they also make great gifts for hobbyists. Our stereo microscopes have a large stage that is useful for viewing 3D samples, such as rocks or other found objects!
Some scopes, like the My First Lab Duo Scope, incorporate the features of multiple microscope models, making it a perfect gift for hobbyists and junior investigators alike.
Purchase Quality Products with Long Lifespans
Microscopes should last for a long time depending on the quality of products that you buy. You can have your microscope for as long as 15 years! Given that a microscope receives proper and quality care, a microscope can be a helpful learning and exploration tool for multiple years.
To learn more about how to care for a high-quality student microscope, check out our My First Microscope Guide.
My First Lab’s Mission
My First Lab believes in empowering individuals to develop the STEM skills they need today to transform them into the leaders of tomorrow.
Help cultivate your student’s passion for learning today by purchasing a microscope to help encourage STEM learning in students.
My First Lab has led in developing STEM equipment for the past 30 years. With products ranging from microscopes and bundles to prepared slides and accessories, we will have any product that a junior investigator, hobbyist, or educational leader could need. Learn how to create hands-on experiments by browsing our blog or checking out our award-winning products.