Recently, Leica Microsystems Product Manager Vince Vaccarelli gave his insights into what makes a good microscope for teaching. While having the most up to date technology is nice, these are some factors you should consider when purchasing microscopes for the classroom.
- Portability. Classroom microscopes should be small and easy to handle especially when you consider the amount of times you’ll be taking them (and their respective cables) in and out of storage.
- Sturdiness. Being exposed to rough handling and various environmental conditions means that durability is key for both universities and schools.
- Usability. Ideally, classroom microscopes should have well-labled parts, few adjustable features, and components that can’t be removed. Students should be able to easily work with these microscopes.
- Optical performance. Sacrificing good optics would be defeating the purpose bringing microscopes into the classroom. With good optical performance you get better contrast, color, and resolution that reproduces images accurately. By Giving your students a clear and crisp image you enable them to properly learn about what they’re seeing.
- Maintenance. After a busy day of learning, servicing a fleet of microscopes can be daunting. Keep in mind the difficulty of cleaning and maintaining the microscopes when considering your next purchase.
Leica has an educational product line with features such handles and cord wraps , mold growth resistance, and an anti-bacterial additive. All this within compact bodies for easy storage.