I had the opportunity to check out this GeoSafari Tuff Scope which I was really excited about. I liked the GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope, but I was eager to see more of a traditional type microscope that my husband could also use in his classroom. I was also curious to see how it would hold up to my kids! the Tuff Scope is for ages 5+, and I know how rough kindergarteners can be!
One of the really cool features of this microscope is that you can actually detach the scope from the base and use it by itself! It was a really neat idea, but how well did it actually work? It DID work, although it’s tougher to use as a separate piece because you have to hold the scope perfectly still in the right location to study the objects very well. I had a difficult time holding still long enough. And you do have to make sure there is good lighting, but we were able to investigate our porch screen which was pretty cool!
The Tuff Scope zooms up to 400x of the original size of the object which is pretty impressive. It comes with reflective LED lighting to make it easier to view the slides. There is also a finished slide included (it’s plastic!) and two empty slides for you to create your own image. The slide included is a piece of cotton textile fiber. We also played a fun guessing game while we were making our own slides. We would tell my son what item we were going to put on the slide and ask him what his hypothesis was on what it would like. The easiest and fun thing we were able to check out was table salt! Do you know what shape table salt is under a microscope?
In the back end of the Tuff Scope is a small storage drawer which will hold all three slides included with the scope. This was a very nice feature to have!
The GeoSafari Tuff Scope by Educational Insights retails for $39.99 which I think is a very good price for this. Overall it is a really good product. We probably won’t be using it outside with the detachable scope, at least not till the kids are older, but it’s a neat option. The Tuff Scope is very sturdy and perfect for younger children. I loved not having to worry about glass slides or moveable lights. Although we were careful with our scope, it looks like it would endure quite a bit of abuse before being damaged! This would be a really great investment for an elementary classroom or homeschooling family.
This is also compatible with the GeoSafari Tuff Cam digital video camera. When used together you can actually project images onto a projector or computer screen. I haven’t been able to try this since I don’t have a Tuff Cam but it sounds like a neat idea!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received some rocks to play with! All opinions are 100% mine. Giveaway open to US only. Giveaway ends at 8 PM EST on July 5, 2011. Winner will be chosen by www.random.org and will have 48 hours to claim prize. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook.