Microscope Station

David Rosen/Wildside Photography

At the microscope station, the students get to see things that few kids (or adults for that matter) ever get a chance to see! They peer through microscopes and identify live specimens of aquatic invertebrates that inhabit the vernal pools at Mather.

Although some of the specimens are visible with the unaided eye, through the microscopes the students see incredible details on each tiny animal.

In addition to identifying the specimens, the students also answer a question about each animal. These questions are designed to focus their observations, aid in the identification process, and encourage them to use deductive reasoning to come up with an answer.

There are twelve microscopes, each with a different specimen, and the students visit as many microscopes as possible during their time at this station.