UHandy can be powerful in a variety of settings. Individual kids can use this digital microscope to explore their own passions. Premade sample cards are provided already loaded with spices, a down feather, or glitter. These examples can get kids excited about other items they might want to examine around the house or neighborhood.
In the classroom, microscopes allow for those amazing "aha" moments like examining salt and seeing its underlying structure. This helps students to understand that some phenomena can be observed only at microscopic scale (a Next Generation Science Standards Crosscutting Concept). And uHandy can make microscopic work more convenient, particularly when working outdoors.
Depending on grade level and needs, uHandy may not be a cheaper option. Traditional microscopes range in price from $70 to $300. To get both high and low magnification, the uHandy Duet is needed; it runs $129.25. Additionally, the stickers are consumable and will need to be replaced each school year.Continue reading Show less
UHandy is a digital microscope attachment for your handheld smart device. The app includes a digital ruler, allowing kids to measure the size of their specimens on the screen. It also includes a focus tool that lets kids move between the layers of onions or other samples. The app is free but the microscope attachment and accessories come at a cost ranging from the $34.95 uHandy Lite to the $129.95 uHandy Duet.
The more expensive uHandy Duet comes with two lenses for mobile devices. The low-magnification lens allows the viewer to see texture such as the cilia that line the edges of butterfly wings, while the high-magnification lens can help students see underlying structures such as the scales that make up the butterfly wing.
One of a series of products that turn the camera on a smart device into a microscope, uHandy stands out because it's easy to attach and collect samples. This allows students to take their microscopic learning into the field. Kids can now examine pond water right next to the pond, increasing the likelihood that their specimens stay alive.
The uHandy product utilizes stickers instead of slides. These are safer and more convenient than traditional glass slides and coverslips. Stickers can be saved in a physical collecting album where kids can make notes and create a lasting record of their discoveries. For mobile specimens, uHandy offers the bubble sampling sticker. This allows students to experience the joy of seeing a brine shrimp or paramecium move across the screen.
Key Standards Supported
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.
Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
Matter and Its Interactions
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
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