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The author of this article suggests that using low powered microscopes – microscopes that magnify 10 to 30 times there size – is a great way to introduce microscopy into elementary school classrooms. Elementary students can have a hard time connecting what they see through the microscope with what they see with their unaided eye. This is especially true for high powered microscopes. Using a low powered microscope allows microscopy to be introduced at a younger grade level. Studies have shown that introducing the microscope at younger grade levels has increased student interest as well as their performance in science. This article includes a sample activity for using microscopes with younger grade levels.