Microscope in a Cup

Combine, in a unique way, portion cups and clear plastic strips to create a portable, microscope that uses a drop of water for a lens.

Grades covered: 7 through 12
Curriculum Topics: Refraction, Magnification

Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Develop & use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials. [Both light & mechanical waves. ] ||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

California Standards (Click to View)

6.d. How simple lenses are used in a magnifying glass, the eye, camera, telescope, and microscope.||CA Science||Grade 7||06. Physical Science: Physical Principles in Living Systems||6. Physical principles underlie biological structures and functions.|||6.f. Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection).||CA Science||Grade 7||06. Physical Science: Physical Principles in Living Systems||6. Physical principles underlie biological structures and functions.

Categories include:
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Information Processing, Waves, Light
Subjects covered: ["Physical Science"]