My First Lab Microscope Review
A child’s curiosity can be almost insatiable. What better way to let them get up close with their world than a My First Lab microscope? My First Lab is a family-owned company focusing on promoting STEM learning and providing quality, affordable scientific products for kids. Their products have received a seal of excellence and have been featured on ABC 7 News’ Education Spotlight. Their microscopes are made with top quality optics for clear viewing and electric LED lights for the best detail. Clear user guides provide step by step instructions.
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We got to play with the Smartphone Inspector, the WOW Scope, and the Duo-Scope Starter kit.
The Smartphone Inspector
The Smartphone Inspector really blew me away. It seems a bit bulky at first and I had to remove my phone cover in order for it to sit flush against my phone, but it takes your phone’s camera and magnifies it 60 times! My phone’s auto-focus did just fine through the lens and the clarity was incredible. There is a coin battery operated light attached if you need some extra light which has a regular LED light and an Ultraviolet LED. The ultraviolet light is great if you want to examine fluorescent minerals like Amber or detect real currency.
The kids love being able to take my phone around and look at all the things up close like yeast, my mineral collection, and the slides that came with the other microscopes. This would be super fun to take with you when you’re out at the park! It has its own little bag to keep it clean and pack it away. It’s small enough to fit anywhere and it adapts to any smartphone camera.
The WOW Scope
The WOW or world of wonder microscope feels super high-tech and fancy, but it withstood the 7, 4, and 1 year old no problem! Pop two AA batteries in the bottom to run the two lights, one above and one below, so you can view traditional slides OR 3D objects! It includes a slide with 2 specimens and a solid card with three 3D objects. There is also a carrying case for both.
It comes with two sets of eyepieces for different magnification levels. You can get up to 50x total magnification. The eyepieces just slide in and out of each white base and can be independently adjusted. The dial on the side raises and lowers the glass optics smoothly and easily.
It is recommended for ages 7+ but my 4-year-old had no problem working it and loved looking at the crystal clear images of the feather and sand. He does often forget to shut the light off after playing but so far we’ve had no issues as the LED lamps should last practically forever and they do not take a heavy toll on the batteries.
The Duo Scope Starter Kit
The Duo Scope Starter Kit is a brilliant introduction to the sciences for kids. It was specifically designed with elementary and middle school-aged kids in mind. Known as the “Duo” because it too has two lights, the light above is for solid 3D objects and the one below is for viewing slides. It takes three AA batteries that are not included. It has a single removable eyepiece that is 10x and a cap to keep dust out when the eyepiece is not in. The rotating objectives allow for viewing at 40x, 100x, and 400x. The kit has 40 accessories including a magnifying glass, plastic pipet, graduated cylinder, specimen slicer (had to look up what this one was!), 3 prepared slides, 8 blank slides with cover strips and labels, tweezers, brine shrimp egg vial, yeast specimen, 3 empty specimen vials, a hatchery, and an experiment guide.
It is recommended for ages 8+ and the guide is written towards that level or a bit older. My younger two still thoroughly enjoyed it just as much as the WOW Scope. The guide details proper handling, using the microscope, and hatching and growing the brine shrimp and yeast in the hatchery. Again, the optics are super clear and the lighting sure beats those microscopes with the mirror to direct the light. This microscope even has and dial in the slide base to control how much light comes up from below. My oldest liked this one the best with the single viewing eyepiece and rotating optics.
I had just as much fun as the kids using these microscopes. They really are high-quality equipment but very durable and easy to use. The starter kit got us off to the right start and the WOW scope and Duo Scope got us up close to some very cool things. The Smartphone Investigator is great for exploring on the go and the kids spend way more time at the dining room table with the microscopes than in front of the TV now which is extra great! I cannot recommend My First Lab highly enough for anyone with a love of science or for sparking that love of science for their child.
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