Make Your Own Microscope

Make Your Own Microscope

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Hack a webcam using basic workshop tools and make your own digital microscope!  This lesson is a great introduction to electronics and circuitry and teaches pupils that all objects are designed to serve a specific purpose and are a sum of parts.  Pupils can continue to use their own webcam for future lessons too, as the microscope is a brilliant tool to engage children with outdoor learning and exploration.

This lesson could be tied into the study of:

Physics (electronics and circuitry, lenses and optics, light and refraction), Biology (cells and structures).

All of our lessons are designed to be flexible for all ages, so duration and difficulty level can be adjusted to suit your class.

LESSON CATEGORIES

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Understand that objects are made up of a sum of components.

Identify these different components, learn what they do and where else they are used.

At the end of the session, we’ll have turned a webcam into a digital microscope that you can actually use!

SUCCESS CRITERIA

Pupils to identify different components and recognise them in different products and devices.

Pupils to learn how to use common tools correctly and safely.

THIS DOWNLOAD CONTAINS:

Teachers Guide

Lesson Plan

Presentation

Instruction Sheets

Exercise Sheets

Microscope Stand Nets

Equipment List

EXTRA MATERIALS:

Precision screwdriver

Steel rule 30cm

Vernier caliper (if available)

Scalpel

Cutting mat

Small G-clamp

Junior hacksaw

Computer/tablet

Peripheral webcam

A3 card 120gsm

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