The trouble with technology these days is that it does little to nothing when it comes to teaching kids the way things work. Most of the gadgets that we buy for ourselves or for the other members of our family we take for granted, in that you’re probably not going to ask yourself how that tablet that you use for reading every evening was made out.
If we take all of these devices for granted, we learn nothing from the many years that have defined us as a civilized species. I’ve always wondered what sort of experiments and devices we can use to help kids understand the basics of science. Of course, it would be idealistic to think that all children have an interested for this domain, and that’s because it proves to be way too complicated for individuals who are more into areas such as the arts, music, literature, and others of this sort.
It goes without saying that one of the first things you ought to do is learn as much as you can about your child. Try to understand whether he or she is passionate about sci-fi, space exploration, paleontology, history, collectibles, or anything else. Believe it or not, all of these domains have something in common and I’ll tell you what it is. Some examples range from telescopes to microscopes, be they basic or complex.
When your child is still growing up and it would be too difficult for him or her to grasp the workings of optics, I would recommend getting a pair of kidnoculars or just the most basic telescope that you can get your hands on. This way, the child won’t be put off by a more advanced model once you decide that he or she is prepared to handle new and exciting challenges.
Microscopes are extremely convenient and versatile, in my opinion. While most people tend to think that they are strictly used for looking at the tissue and cells in biological samples, I would say that they can be used for a wide array of purposes.
Depending on their design, you can utilize them for examining coins, jewelry pieces, watch components, perform some SMD soldering, or any other activity that requires detailed work. Some units are portable, as is the case of handheld USB microscopes. I wouldn’t typically recommend getting one of these, despite the fact that they are particularly easy to use.
They rarely come with high-quality optics as they are not made out of glass. However, in certain situations or when the person using the microscope has little to no experience, as would be the case with a child, USB microscopes can be worth investing in.