Microscope Explorations! Discover the Microscopic World Around You (8 weeks)

Quantum Physics for Kids
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,224)
This 8-week STEM/STEAM course introduces young learners to the exciting world of microscopy! Students can use either a hand-held Foldscope microscope or a standard tabletop microscope for this class. (Homeschool / Afterschool) #academic

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
This class is taught in English.
A description of each session's learning goals is listed below:

Session 1
Students will learn about:
- Functions and parts of the Foldscope. 
- How to view samples directly with the Foldscope. 
- Brief History of Microscopy 
- Homework: view a variety of items from home and garden (student’s choice). 

Session 2 
Students will learn about:
- How to prepare and use slides (using example of a leaf). 
- How to attach a smartphone to take photos and videos. 
- Introduction to cell biology. 
- Homework: Prepare and view slides of leaves and other items (student’s choice); compare viewing of slides to direct viewing; take photos & video of observations. 

Session 3 
- Further discussion of cell biology. 
- Examine an onion sample and identify the parts. 
- Homework: View a variety of vegetables, fruits and other samples (student’s choice). 

Session 4
- Exploring structures and textures of different materials.
- Examine hair under the microscope. 
- Homework: View different types of hair (human, animal) under different conditions (wet, dry); also view fibers such as cotton and wool, plus student’s choice. 
Session 5
- Introduction to Microorganisms. 
- Discuss different types of microorganisms and their sizes. 
- Homework: View a sample of pond water or other standing water, plus student’s choice. 

Session 6
- Introduction to microbiomes of air, sea and land. 
- Viewing sample from the soil and discuss the soil microbiome. 
- Homework: Students view soil from their garden, plus student’s choice. 

Session 7
- Introduction to the human microbiome. 
- Examine a fungi sample. 
- Homework: View different types of fungi, plus student’s choice.

Session 8:
- Learn how to share microscope images with the global Foldscope community (optional). 
- Discuss ideas and resources for continuing microscope exploration. 
We're dedicated to introducing young students to the amazing world of quantum physics, invention & science research! We've been offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes and creating educational materials for students of all ages for over 15 years. We're excited to share this course content with more students through Outschool. 
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Student progress will be assessed through class participation and completed homework assignments.
Grades Offered
Prior to starting the course, please order a Foldscope microscope from their website at foldscope.com. We recommend purchasing the $39.99 Foldscope 2.0 Explorer Kit, which includes a coupler to attach a phone camera to the microscope to take photos and videos. Please be sure to purchase the Foldscope fully assembled, since we will not be constructing it in the course. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,224)
We're excited to support your child in exploring quantum physics, science and inventions! Our classes are designed to get kids excited about physics and its impact on our lives, while supporting students in developing critical thinking skills. Our... 
Group Class


weekly or $144 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(14)
Completed by 109 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-13
4-12 learners per class

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