Low cost STEM equipment: $5 Kmart Smartphone microscope attachment

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Yes, you read the title correctly! $5 for a clip on smartphone microscope attachment. And for $5, it even includes the three watch batteries needed to power the built in LED.

The attachment includes a LED light and three watch batteries.

The packaging claims thirty times magnification. I didn’t have the time to confirm that.

Small black ant photographed using the add on lens.

What I can confirm is that the attachment is worth buying for use with a surplus smartphone you have lying around at home. Your students will appreciate the chance to explore their classroom or the school playground at high magnification!