October 11, 2010


At the auction on Saturday they had several kinds of microscope, and I mentioned in passing to Lloyd that I wouldn’t mind having one for my home laboratory use classroom. I needed one with very few bells and whistles, and that would be pretty much indestructible. I pointed out a whole table chock full of microscopes that looked like they were as sturdy as horseshoes for a plow team. “Some of those, if they go cheap.”

Turns out I had him bid on the Brock Magiscope, an practically indestructible classroom microscope. This thing is amazing! It has a Lumarod – a bent acrylic tube that funnels light. No need for bulbs, batteries or plug-in power – just light! It’s built like a tank, and has only one moving part – the eyepiece goes up and down, that’s it. Plus, the lens is safely shrouded by a collar on the bottom so it’s practically impossible to break.

Very clever, Mr. Brock.

I was writing this post and decided to link to their website, and I found out these things sell for over a hundred dollars new! (It’s worth reading the story of the inventor, if you have time.) I’m so happy we bought three – one for the school agers, one for the preschoolers….. and yes, one for home.

Preschoolers, we are gonna have some fun.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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8 Responses to “Magiscope!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Cool! I wonder what other scientific instruments could be made indestructible? Wouldn’t it be awesome if your kids could play with a super-durable MRI machine?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      It wouldn’t work, the metal bands that we use for tracking purposes would become super heated, and we’d lose the data that they contain.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    That thing looks cool…it looks old-timey, yet it isn’t. And great story on the inventor…I love stories like that!

    Why did the germ cross the magiscope?


  3. Beth Said on:

    How did the hairs look in the magiscope?


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