There is an article almost every week in the paper or a report on the news about the low number of women (compared to men) in STEM focused careers. Maybe it’s because girls have been encouraged for so long to focus on other things, and maybe it’s because some girls haven’t been exposed to STEM activities and they don’t know what their missing.
Either way, the time is now to change that. I’m excited that this year the Girl Scouts of America organization has expanded their focus on STEM activities and awards. It’s an exciting time to be a Troop leader, where I can encourage STEM learning within my troop, because each lesson brings them so much closer to doing something great in this world. I am honored to advise a group of the most amazing future leaders in this world.
Recently, I took the Omano JuniorScope to my Girl Scout meeting to lead my troop in our first STEM focused biology experience, and the excitement was much greater than I ever expected. The microscope was received just as much if not more than some of this seasons hottest toys (with no educational value) would be and that was so encouraging. I knew my daughters would love the microscope, because it is better than the ones they already have, but seeing the other girls get excited about the scope was eye-opening. Several of the girls had never used a microscope before and they absolutely loved it.
Perhaps a seed has been planted. I surely hope so! I gave each Girl Scout troop member one of the Staying STEM patches from the Nation’s Capital for their participation in the lesson and next we have plans to create our own slides from nature to view on through the scope.
Because of this experience, I’ve added the Omano JuniorScope to my list of gift recommendations for kids.
The JuniorScope is the ultimate kids microscope that encourages kids (ages 8 and up) to step away from their phones and start exploring. Need I say more?
The Omano JuniorScope is the Real Deal
Kids will love receiving this as a gift, because it is a real compound microscope with low and high settings, high quality, glass optics and magnification from 40-400x and operates anywhere on 3 AA batteries.
Here are 5 Reasons a microscope is the perfect gift for kids:
- It’s fun
- It’s educational
- It just might spark a life-long interest in science
- It’s not a video game
- They will remember it forever!
Check out some of the slides I was able to share with my troop as well as the observations through the scope drawn by my daughter Isabella as a part of the exercise.
What the kids observed was:
- Allium Seale Epidermis
- Musca Leg W.M.
- Helianthus Stem C.S.
As you can see, this lesson was way better than free time filled with non educational experiences. My troop had a lot of fun using the microscope and they were really focused on trying to see each specimen on the slides provided. They were also ready and excited about doing more. You can’t beat that with a bat.
I’m all about fun, but education comes first. Somehow if we can merge the two, our kids will be better off for it, and I am sold on this microscope for all kids.
Included with the JuniorScope box is:
- The World of the Microscope Book
- Glass Prepared Slides
- Petri Dish
- Blank Slides
- Lens Cleaning Paper
- Test Tube
- And More
One of the things that makes the Omano JuniorScope a Top Pick for our “Hot Holiday Gifts for Kids” List (coming soon) is that we love deals, and it’s currently on sale for $89.99, (originally $130) on Microscope.com.
Kids will enjoy many hours learning from the World of the Microscope book included and also on their own, creating their own slides. If you haven’t checked out the Omano JuniorScope for a child in your life, I highly recommend it. It’s available for purchase on Microscope.com. And if your kids are grown, consider donating a microscope to a Girl Scout troop. You just may inspire the next generation of future scientists.
I hope you will give the gift of STEM to kids this holiday!