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Review for Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation, Los Altos, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Through an innovation grant from the MVLA Foundation, the LAHS science department was able to purchase four ProScope HR digital handheld microscopes. These scopes can magnify up to 400X and have several lenses to allow students to visualize a wide variety of structures relevant to biology. My plan was to use the ProScopes to gain a better understanding of biological communities by looking at the diatom species living in the biofilm layer on the surface of giant kelp leaves. Unfortunately, this project will have to wait until next year (kelp forests had been shaved back by winter storms). We were able to use the scopes this year to determine stomatal density on the leaves from a diversity of plant species on campus. This technology allows for heightened engagement on the part of our students and I'm grateful to the foundation for making the purchase possible. I've attached an image that a student captured.
Thank you,
Jake Russo
Science Department
Los Altos High School

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