“It is easy to ‘Google’ images instead of getting out the old microscopes and having the students try to make the observations on their own,” says Schuessler. “While you can find the same image on Google, there is no substitute for the hands-on experience of using a microscope.”
Schuessler said that he was always interested in science, but he did not understand the power of a microscope until he went to college. Now he is hoping that Lake Forest students will discover the “WOW” factor of microscopes in high school and be inspired to explore new fields of study.
The LABOMED CxL microscopes were awarded during the LFHS Foundation’s 2020 Spring Grant Cycle and are part of its continued investment in and commitment to the sciences at Lake Forest High School. To date 34 grants—totaling more than $330,000—have funded equipment, technology, educational, software, and lab furniture upgrades in the Science Department.