Did you know that the first microscope was invented by a Dutch eyeglass maker called Zacharias Jannsen in 1595.

Jannsen's microscopes were simply tubes with lenses on each end. They could magnify by up to 9 times

Anton van Leeuwenhoek greatly improved the microscope in the mid 1600's using it to identify single celled animals in pond water


This Site should help you to find out more about

  • The main parts of the microscope.
  • How to use the microscope.
  • How to prepare and examine slides of animal and plant cells.
  • The differences between animal and plant cells.


This site has links to lots of other interesting Internet sites

Where you can find out even more information about microscopes and cells

Test yourself

This site has a really nifty assessment area where you can test yourself and see how much you have learned


Download Notes and puzzles

This site has a download area where you can download crosswords, notes and word-puzzles about cells and microscopes