Just finished a nice article in the latest NSTA publication Science and Children entitled: “Small Wonders Close Encounters” by MacGregor Kniseley and Karen Capraro. The authors describe how they have supplemented their existing hands on science elementary classroom explorations to include the use of digital microscopes. I have been introducing the use of digital microscopes during my STEM teacher training workshops for the past couple of years. There are so many models out there with varying price ranges, and capabilities it’s just a matter of each individual teacher deciding what model will work best for their particular subject area and grade level. When we talk about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education many individuals limit the integration of technology strictly to computers. The “T” in STEM encompasses all forms of technology. Including all the scientific and mathematical tools teachers and students will use during STEM investigations whether it is a digital caliper, digital balance, digital thermometer, etc. Incorporating digital microscopes into STEM investigations makes perfect sense, and even better it’s affordable. Some of the models I use during my STEM teacher training workshop are: Celestron Mini Handheld Digital Microscope, Carson Z-Pix Digital Zoom Microscope, Dino-Lite, and one digital microscope that is especially designed for use with younger students is the “Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope” available from Learning Resources and Amazon. All of the digital handheld microscopes are used with some type of computer whether it’s a MAC, PC, or tablet. I encourage all teachers to take the leap and incorporate the use of digital microscopes within their STEM classrooms this year. The inset photo is from a recent workshop I conducted at Alhuda Academy in Worcester, MA for 100 K-8 teachers. I asked one of the teacher participants to try using the Zoomy Microscope. We observed wood, rock, and roofing tile with the Zoomy, the teachers were really impressed with it.