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Trends UK Doctor Who Dalek Enemy Identifier

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PRODUCT: Trends UK Doctor Who Dalek Enemy Identifier (www.trendsuk.co.uk)Trends UK Doctor Who Dalek Enemy Identifier

DESCRIPTION: A Doctor Who microscope set with a Dalek theme, including a light microscope with 20x magnification, reversible viewing stage and adjustable focus. Comes with 6 x blank slides, 6 x specimen slides, slide box, tweezers, pipette, 2 x vials with lids, investigation gloves, stickers and instructions manual. Microscope requires 2 x AA batteries (not included) to enable lamp. Suitable for children aged 8 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Dalek Enemy Identifier is a really wonderful little microscope set that will make a great gift for any young budding scientist, not to mention Doctor Who fan!

The story behind the microscope is that the Daleks are intent on exterminating all life forms in the universe, and have developed a special device called the Dalek Enemy Identifier to enable them to target their enemies. Doctor Who has come across one of these devices in a time vortex, but to stop the Daleks he needs help in decoding the specimen slides that they have collected from Earth in order to discover who they so far have in their sights! The accompanying instructions booklet gives a full rundown of the story, and is written in a really fun and interactive way to interest and stimulate young minds.

The microscope itself is bright orange (and black) in colour with Dalek themed stickers included to decorate its exterior, and it is a good manageable size for young children to set up and use. Like any microscope it has a large eyepiece for your child to look through, and a lens which can be adjusted up and down using the focusing wheel until the 'subject' or specimen comes clearly into view. The lens has a 20x magnification, meaning that everything is magnified by twenty times. A light on the main body of the microscope facilitates examination of the specimen (two batteries need to be inserted into the battery compartment on the base for this to work), and clips either side of the viewing plate hold the slides securely in place.

A number of slides are included with the set, which come in a handy little storage box. Six slides contain Dalek specimens, each slide containing three specimens for your child to view under the lens, making a total of eighteen specimens consisting of a mix of both natural and man-made substances.

There are also six blank slides included, complete with covers and labels, to encourage your child to collect and examine their own specimens such as plant life, household objects, creatures (already dead), and foodstuff. A number of suggested items to look at are listed in the manual, and a selection of tools are provided to collect them, including gloves, tweezers, pipette and vials. The viewing stage can even be reversed to study subjects in liquid.

It is also worth noting that the instructions manual contains plenty of blank space for your child to make their own notes on their findings, along with some specimen photographs to test their expertise, and lots of factual content about microscopes and magnification.

This is, in our opinion, a really reasonably priced piece of educational scientific kit that will inspire and encourage older kids to investigate and study the world around them...as well of course as helping the Doctor in the process!

BAD POINTS: Batteries are not included, and rechargeable batteries cannot be used.

PRICE: £19.99

 

Available from Amazon and Argos

 

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