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Learn About Microscopes

Do you know how microscopes work or that electrons can magnify an object up to 10 MILLION times? Join us for this Science Saturday Special!

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Full Learn about microscopes

Microscopes are specialized tools that use lenses to focus energy onto objects in order to magnify them. Zoom into how microscopes work with downloadable coloring pages (including “connect the energy dots”), go on microscope tours with scientists from The Rockefeller University and BioBus, and more!

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Microscope Coloring Pages

Spend some time tracing the path of illumination energy used by microscopes to magnify and focus tiny objects! These images were made by artist Jerlyn O’Donnell, aka the Design Lady.

LAB Backstage with the BioBus

RockEDU has teamed up with the amazing science education organization BioBus and 3rd graders from Massachusetts to demonstrate how a light microscope can help us see the critters in leaves that we find on the floor.

Padlet: Share Your Artwork!

Be sure to check out all the coloring pages and extra information we have in the Save & Share menu. Print out and color these pages, and share your microscopy artwork back with us!

Full Learn about microscopes

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Jerlyn O’Donnell Jerlyn O’Donnell avatar

Jerlyn spends her time creating rich, attention-grabbing, digital experiences by concentrating on inclusive and accessible design
Design Director & Founder
Design Lady, LLC

Odaelys Walwyn-Pollard Odaelys Walwyn-Pollard avatar

As Scientist-Educator at RockEDU, Odaelys utilizes her passion for teaching and mentoring students.
RockEDU Science Outreach

Jeanne Garbarino Jeanne Garbarino avatar

Jeanne was once rescued by the FDNY after getting her head stuck in a fence. She then grew up to become a biochemist.
Director of RockEDU Science Outreach
The Rockefeller University

Disan Davis Disan Davis avatar

Disan is a scientist and educator striving to share her curiosity and love of science with others
RockEDU Program Manager
The Rockefeller University

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