Guess the specimen

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Organising a competition where people study things under a microscope is a popular and good way of sparking the visitor’s curiosity.

Target group: Broad, flexible.

Preparations: Obtain microscopes and specimens suitable for the target group. Remember that the microscopes need to be manned at all times. Decide on a suitable prize and a format for the prize giving. Market the activity.

Challenges: Getting enough microscopes, specimens and staff. Finding a good format for a prize giving and getting people to attend it.

Benefits: Sparks people’s interest and curiosity. Can give visitors an insight into a researcher’s daily work.

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