Dirt Detectives – Garden microscopy for kids


This weekend kids from Mountain View participated in a STEM activity at Soil&Water Garden called Dirt Detectives!

The kids were transformed into Dirt Detectives and used microscopes and magnifiers to explore the wonders of the hidden garden. They began with a scavenger hunt for items growing in Soil&Water Garden and around Heritage Park, including: 

  1. Corn stem
  2. Cabbage leaf
  3. Carrot root
  4. Sunflower pollen
  5. Dandelion fuzz
  6. Pine needles

The tool shed at Soil&Water Garden was transformed in a Dirt Detectives laboratory!

The Dirt Detectives then learned about the parts of a microscope and how to use the power of magnification to observe the plants growing around them. The kids learned how to identify different parts of a plant (epidermis, cells, vascular bundles), and how plants use sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to create food via photosynthesis.

A fun time was had by all. We'll host more kid-friendly STEM events in the future.

More photos from the event in our Tamales and Microscopes album on Google Photos.