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With the Public Lab Community Microscope, your students can explore the invisible microscopic world around them using a microscope they've built themselves! This microscope is the result of many teams' work coming together. You can learn more about the journey on our Kickstarter

On this page, you can:

  • Learn more about the educator community at Public Lab
  • Purchase Community Microscope Kits for your classroom
  • Get instructions for assembling your microscope
  • Find lessons designed around the Community Microscope
  • Get help from the FAQ, or ask your own question

Education & Public Lab: Get Involved!

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We're creating a strong community of practice where educators of all experiences can sharing resources, knowledge, and lend a hand. You can learn more about this here.

Getting Classroom Kits For Your School

We offer a variety of tools and kits that can be used in educational settings. We offer a 10% discount on bulk educational purchases, and we are always happy to work with educators to make suggestions and prepare custom orders to meet your needs.

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Assembling Your Community Microscopes

Assembling the Microscope Base:

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For step-by-step instructions on how to assemble your microscope, click here. (Link to new assembly note that needs to be updated with Make images)

Converting a Webcam to a Microscope

For step-by-step instructions on how to convert your webcam, click here.

Using the Community Microscope

Here we would curate a list of lessons for the microscope. Pin the Hello World Activity (would it be an interesting video?) Use a tag like 'edu-microscope-lesson' to get things to show up here.

Get Help

Here is where we'd put our curated FAQ. Undecided whether this would look like a research note that we add to or a list of questions with a special tag that others are unlikely to use. I think if we use questions there needs to be a way to mark an "answer" even if it's a staff member compiling the best bits and pieces from the comments to make one cohesive answer"