Microbiology is the study of living organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Although it can be studied directly from books, it is best taught with a hand lens or microscope. Hand lenses (magnifying glasses) only provide a limited amount of magnification, but can be used to view larger protists, pollens, and some blood cells. But if you really want to be able to do microbiology study, you need to invest in a microscope.
Microscopes are fairly expensive but are well worth the cost because of the whole new world of experience they open up for children. We recommend the Brock Magiscope because it is practically indestructible and can be used safely with children as young as five years old but can also double-duty as a high powered microscope for high school level microbiology.
Bausch & Lomb Hastings Triplet Magnifier, 14x[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0007LRNG6″ locale=”us” height=”100″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41nH6r97ctL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]. Bausch & Lomb is one of the finest names in optics and this hand-held magnified is made of three lenses bonded together to provide sharp distinct magnified images. A swing-away nickel plated case protects the lens and serves as a handle. Protective storage pouch included.
The World of the Microscope[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”079451524X” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51q8gHEuW8L._SL110_.jpg” width=”88″]. An Usborne practical introduction to the microscope for ages 10-16. It explains microscope uses and functions.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0486403815″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510TTXlDk6L._SL110_.jpg” width=”78″]A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope . A drop of pond water is crowded with living things that can only be seen with a hand lens or microscope. This book could be used as the lab to a microbiology course, because it takes the reader step by step through observing the most common microscopic creatures found in pond water. Hardback. Black & white photographs.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B008MB1A1W” locale=”us” height=”142″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31muHJFzA6L._SL110_.jpg” width=”160″]Deluxe Brock Magiscope Kit – NEW!. We’ve looked for years for a microscope rugged enough to withstand child use without constantly needing repair, but powerful enough to really be considered a microscope. The Magiscope is tough enough to use outside and to withstand the abuse of fumbling children. There are no mirrors, cords, bulbs, batteries, adjustments or alignments necessary. It is easy for even a small child to use and is so “kid proof” that the manufacturer unconditionally guarantees it for 5 years against accidental breakage. The basic Magiscope is equipped with a 5X projection eyepiece and 4X achromatic objective to give a magnification of 20X which is sufficient for most microscopic study except microbiology. The kit includes 2 extra lenses which increase the magnification to 100x. The basic Magiscope is recommended for K – 12.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0618354050″ locale=”us” height=”99″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5125ADTY50L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]Hidden Worlds. There are hidden worlds in nature—places you can visit only with a microscope. This stunning book explores these worlds with amazing full-color photos that reveal the hidden beauty of everyday objects: a crystal of sugar, a grain of pollen, a blade of grass.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0060419253″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-fecNtotL._SL110_.jpg” width=”84″]The Microbiology Coloring Book. A large, thick, coloring book (over 200 pages) with in-depth explanations of processes, identification of parts, and other information. This book is comprehensive enough to be used as a high school level microbiology course