When we first moved to Eastern Washington, I was still going to college. I was completely excited about the Microbiology class I was enrolled in! Unfortunately, the instructor was a complete jerk (and didn't know what he was talking about most of the time)! Needless to say, I did not learn as much as I could have in that class! I still have my lab book and text (it sits quietly on a shelf in my office alongside my Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Psychology books! What I want to do in some of my spare time is actually learn the things in those thick text books!
To do that though, I need a microscope! This is the one I want, it's even affordable, as long as I save all the pennies I find laying about and turn all of our aluminum cans in for cash! I have a good chunk of the money already saved from the wood I sold a few months ago. The sale runs through 3/31/11, so I need to figure out if I can spend the money in the next week or so, or pay the $40 higher price in a few months. It's on sale for $180 (plus roughly $10 shipping), it isn't a cheap toy...but we did just buy a brand new Ipad 2 for the other half, lol. My toy costs a lot less! I highly recommend watching video on the site for that scope...talk about a great learning tool to have at home! Slides and stuff can be found online for cheap, or if you are lucky enough to live near a Fry's, they sell slides and stains and such! They also sell micro-chemistry kit stuff (used for Organic Chemistry experiments, or toys for your little scientists)!