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What we do in the Microscope Lab!

We will begin by going over the different parts of compound and stereo microscopes. A variety of prepared slides will allow your child to immediately start observing.

Children team up with a partner in collecting samples outside for closer inspection. Learning how to observe and ask questions, as a naturalist does, is part of the experience. Collect a pine needle. It is smooth. Under the microscope what do you see? What do you and your partner think of the way it is shaped?

Techniques for preparing a specimen are covered. This challenges your child to visualize, what otherwise is impossible to see. Imagine exploring a drop of ocean water, seeing that it is alive with zooplankton and phytoplankton. Sharing the view of a well-prepared specimen and slide is just fun.

There is no end to the things that can be examined! Along the way, we will look at biomimicry; using examples in nature as an inspiration in engineering design.

“Edge on Science takes science off the page and puts it into the hands of your child.” -Ronadlyn Whitney, mom

On the final day, we will stage a mini science fair, where your child gets to showcase a favorite specimen or find.

Program leaders

Your lead instructor will be a scientist and/or scholar. Student to instructor / assistant ratio of 7:1 or less.

What, where, when, how much & registration

Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA
● Choose a three or four day camp the week of July 4th (No camp on the 4th)
● Week-long Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. programs
● Optional extended care 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and/or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
● Optional gourmet bagel sandwich lunch, including a fresh side, gourmet cookie & drink $13 per day
● Limited to 14 children, rising 5th – 9th grade