AMSCOPE-KIDS M30-ABS-KT2-W Microscope Kit with Metal Arm and Base, 6 Magnifications from 20x to 1200x, Includes 52-Piece Accessory Set and Case, Awarded The 2016 Top Pick of Microscopes For Beginners

The AmScope M30-ABS-KT2-W beginner compound microscope has a monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination, a built-in color-filter wheel, a forward-facing rotating turret with 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification, and a white metal frame. The monocular viewing head has LED and mirror illumination and a built-in color-filter wheel for viewing a variety of specimen types. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young users and has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism for precise focusing. The plain stage has stage clips that secure the slide or specimen in place during viewing. The white metal frame is durable and stain-resistant. The microscope comes with a 52-piece accessory kit with brine shrimp eggs and hatchery, and a hard-sided plastic carrying case. The LED light is powered by two AA batteries (included).

SpecificationsHeadMonocularMagnification300x, 600x, 1200xStagePlainFocusCoaxial coarseLight sourceLED and IncidentalPowerAA batteries (2)

Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.

United Scope manufactures microscopy equipment and accessories under the brand name AmScope. The company, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

What’s in the Box?

AmScope M30 microscopeShrimp hatcheryBrine shrimp eggsSpecimen slicerPetri dishPlastic tweezersPlastic scalpelPlastic spatulaNeedlePlastic stirring rodGraduated cylinderEosinGum media (bottle)Sea salt(5) Prepared slides(7) Blank slides(7) Slide covers(7) Statistical slide covers(7) Slide labels(2) Collecting vials(2) AA batteriesSpare LED bulbPlastic carrying case

Product Features

  • Beginner compound microscope provides high magnification for educational applications
  • Monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination and built-in color filter wheel
  • Forward-facing rotating turret provides 120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x, and 1200x magnifications
  • Coaxial coarse focus has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism on a durable and stain-resistant white metal frame
  • Comes with 52-piece accessory kit and hard-sided plastic ABS case

Dasksha Chemistry Molecular Model Set your Molecular Model Kit has Perfect Atom and Bond Pieces For Students Teachers Beginners and Experts

The Dashka Chemistry molecular ball and stick model set is for every student, teacher, and organic / inorganic chemistry fanatic. There’s a huge problem schools are facing right now. There is an abundance of cheap models whose short, flimsy links and balls don’t stay in place and fail to conform to universal cpk standards, rendering your molecule structure useless and leaving children of all ages confused and frustrated. Educational classroom models that aren’t color-coded and durable lead to general confusion and failure to grasp concepts. Buying cheap models can cause your understanding of chemical compounds to suffer-and your science grade to suffer even more.

Cheap materials can make trying to easily assemble three-dimensional models of molecules and elements a complete nightmare!

But luckily for you, there’s now a solution to further your understanding of stereochemistry! Whether you’re a beginner in need of a starter kit to better understand fundamental organics and molecular structures, or a college student tackling ochem, the Dashka kit is the perfect functional tool to help you visualize three-dimensional atoms, bonds and compounds.

So, if you’re a student, teacher, or aspiring scientist, “Dashka Chemistry molecular model set” is the answer you’ve been looking for! Time’s running out to make all the three-dimensional models you can dream of and tackle stereochemistry head-on.

If you’re looking for science gifts for kids this holiday season and want to make this a very chemistry christmas, look no further! This Molecular Model Set is the perfect chemistry gift for boys and girls, order now!

Product Features

  • * GETS THE JOB DONE! The Dashka kit and box includes three-dimensional color-coded balls / orbitals in compliance with cpk standards contained in a convenient large box for easy transportation, complete with a link remover. This set provides you the ability to easily create and identify molecular structures in order to design the perfect model.
  • * HIGH-PERFORMANCE! Easy to use links make it easy to line up each bond (stick) and atom or atoms (via holes on the color coded balls), a skill you’ll be eager to demonstrate to Jane, Steve, and the rest of your society friends -or just get you through the next chem test.
  • * TRUSTED in Chem, O Chem and stereochemistry ! High quality and durable building materials help you construct virtually any atom bond, perfect for aspiring scientists who dream of working in chemical labs someday. This set will render you confident that your model will stay firmly in place, yet remain easy for students of all ages and teachers to manipulate.
  • * PRACTICAL! Plenty of carbon, hydrogen, and other essential atoms lets you create all the functional molecular structures you want – Fast! We even included three BONUS carbons to optimize learning, creativity, and practicality.
  • * AMAZING! Hands-on ! plenty of bonds (single and double) and groups of color-coded atoms, you can easily create all kinds of models (up to a dodecane!) and visualize your chemical compound within minutes

The Beginner’s Guide Review — The Shepherd

I’m pretty sure the entire foundation for The Beginner’s Guide is fictional but I know it still manages to be one of the most brutally honest games to have come along in a long time. Coming from The Stanley Parable‘s Davey Wreden, it’s clear this creator trades in honesty. With it, he has delivered one of the most impactful games you can play.

The setup begins rather benign and even exceptionally high concept. (The Steam description even reading more like a warning than an invitation.) Wreden himself bursts onto the audio landscape with a voiceover telling you that he is going to explore a series of games from another developer that is only known as Coda. He’s apparently a friend of Wreden’s and he’s since stopped spinning Source Engine yarns.

Our introduction, in fact, is what appears to be an excised portion from Counter-Strike‘s de_dust or de_dust2 maps. There’s nothing to it but a pseudo desert vibe and strange, floating or half-glitched crates amidst a blocky set of sandy brick walls. You can’t do anything but walk and look around and maybe jump or crouch if you feel the need, and it still feels oddly compelling.

Wreden then takes us chronologically through more of Coda’s odd little experiments, none of them lasting more than a few minutes with most of them phasing in and out in a matter of seconds. Wreden is deconstructing them with nearly criminal, philosophical intent. Here is a fellow who has clearly spent a lot of time playing Coda’s works and thinking about them, breaking down themes and reflections on his relationship with the creator.

Or did he? While plausible, it feels too…neat for Coda and Wreden’s lives to converge and subsequently drift apart as a one-way street of game after game flows into Wreden’s hands. There’s an uneasy similarity of aesthetics between Coda’s projects and Wreden’s. Not only that, but if this were true, it would feel prohibitively invasive to write about it. Needless to say, this review is a bit of a leap of faith in that regard.

But either way, Wreden’s analysis of Coda’s games is gripping. It starts almost clinical, like a doctoral thesis and he is in the middle of his two-hour defense. This, in and of itself, is a fascinating practice. Just the concept of having a developer break down and walk and talk through another’s lifetime of works is impossibly tantalizing.

The Beginner's Guide

Then it slowly descends into a personal, psychological inquiry. It’s especially revealing when Wreden leads us through a set of prison levels, an idea that Coda can’t seem to shake as he explores isolation and loneliness. Wreden has already taken us by the hand and pointed us at perhaps subconscious tells of Coda’s Freudian design schemes, and now we watch it all unravel as this man spirals out of cogency.

The final turn is heartbreaking. After the surprise of what you think the game will be and then what it might turn into before it arrives at what it is deliberate and swift and incredibly affecting. This is where the game feels the most brutally intimate while also feeling the most obviously fabricated.

I actually paused at an open door, waiting for a lump in my throat to decide if it wanted to be tears or a more masculine whimper. It’s a massive credit to the writing of Wreden’s voiceover. It’s economical, pointed, and sharp. At stages, its structure is complex enough to where the bridges between mini resolutions has equally compelling paths leading under it.

The Beginner's Guide

Even disregarding the veracity of Coda’s existence (this very well may turn into an Exit Through the Gift Shop or Catfish situation), the insight this game provides on the relationship between creator and player is paralyzing. There’s a question poised somewhere along the way about whether games necessarily need to be playable, with Coda providing examples of single-room, wholly empty games as playable but uninteresting products.

This invites questions of responsibility and whether either side of the equation owes anything to the other. Wreden turns off the visibility of the walls to one of Coda’s games, revealing that the one corridor you walk through is actually one of hundreds that you can never actually reach. Is it owed to the player to explore those? Should the player even want to?

As Coda begins to extract these out external symbols, Wreden wrestles with the vague semiotics of it all, dipping into the problem of other minds. He stops diving into specifics and we are led more by sensation than by critical thinking. It halts the growth of strict cerebral pleasure and turns into an appreciation.

The Beginner's Guide

It’s not very likely you will have a good time with The Beginner’s Guide. It’s not even likely that you’ll think back on it fondly. But the journey through its blocky walls and Coda’s brain and Wreden’s thoughts is one worth appreciating in the moment, letting it point you around at all the sights worth seeing and all the moments worth experiencing, even when they exist only in someone else’s mind.

+ Emotionally and psychologically impactful
+ Invites great questions regarding creators and players
+ A raw exploration of two minds
– Doesn’t hold up on specifics, working better on broad strokes

Final Score: 9 out of 10

Game Review: The Beginner’s Guide
Release: October 1, 2015
Genre: First-person narrative
Developer: Everything Unlimited Ltd.
Available Platforms: PC, OSX
Players: Single-player
MSRP: $9.99

Gears! Gears! Gears!® Beginner’s Building Set

GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! Beginner’s Building Set

Vibrant, spinning gears set imaginations in motion. GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! is a child’s introduction to the world of construction and movement. Bright colors and easy-to-assemble pieces encourage children to create moving masterpieces. There are so many ways to build and open-ended components mean there are no wrong ways to build. The set contains 95 sturdy pieces that snap together, challenging your child’s creativity. Children discover something new every time they play.

GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! Beginner Get Little Engineers Building

Boost fine motor skills and encourage engineering skills and reasoning as children create moving experiments with spinning, coloful action. The turning gears in this colorful set offer hundreds of 3-D construction possibilities. All pieces in the set are compatible with all GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! building sets, allowing you to easily add on for your child over time.

Encourage Problem Solving and Perserverance

This engaging set features plastic gears, cranks, connectors and interlocking base plates for endless construction possibilities! The included Activity Guide covers building basics that lay the foundation for basic cause and effect. Children can then create a crawling catterpillar and a souped-up race car, or engage in some fun ex-gear-iments! GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! provides many opportunities for young children to experiment with simple mechanics and science. The included experiments encourage them to notice interesting movements and connections, and explore the fascinating action that can be created with gears.

Set Learning in Motion

GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! – also a great tool for mastering basic skills. While your child engages with his favorite construction toy, he’s developing hand-eye coordination and handwriting muscles. He thinks he’s playing but he’s also learning colors, cause and effect and the concepts of push and turn.

Gears! Gears! Gears! Beginner What’s in the Box? GearsCranksConnectorsInterlocking base platesActivity guide “Mom! I made a crawling caterpillar! … A rolling racecar! … A … thing!” With a whopping 95 pieces, Gears! Gears! Gears! Basic Building Set is a fantastic first construction toy for young builders. Bright, sturdy, uniformly sized plastic gears slip smoothly onto pegs on the square bases, which are easily linked together in any number of ways. Pillars and extenders expand the dimensional possibilities sideways, up, and out. Your 3-year-old will be an instant success at inventing any number of masterpieces with moving, working parts. Gears! Gears! Gears! holds plenty of intrigue for older siblings as well. An activity guide with instructions in English, Spanish, French, and German is included. And, as your little inventor grows, the basic set is perfectly compatible with other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets, including Wacky Factory and the Pulleys Plus accessory set. –Julie Ubben

Product Features

  • GEARS! GEARS! GEARS! ® provides many opportunities for young children to experiment with simple mechanics and science
  • Bright colors and easy-to-assemble pieces encourage children to create moving masterpieces
  • There are so many ways to build, children discover something new every time they play!
  • There are many different ways to arrange the bases; rows, pyramids, zigzags and more!
  • Includes pillars, connectors and cranks – Allows kids to explore the fascinating action that can be created with gears!

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