Backyard Science

Backyard Science STEM Kit contents

Explore backyard biology, including both fauna and flora, with the Backyard Science STEM Kit.

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Age Range

3+ | PreK+



  • 3 Books
    • Backyard Biology: Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door with 25 Projects – Donna Latham and Beth Hetland (illustrator) (2 copies including in kit)
    • Pull-Back Busy Bug Book – Ben Mantle and Fiona Watt
  • Real Bugs Discovery Kit – Includes 12 real insects in clear acrylic, magnifying glass, bug tray, and full-color guide
  • Butterflies and a Spider Matching game by eeBoo 
  • 2 Tiny World Insects games by Find It® Games – Use the Xplorescope® 45x magnifying mini-microscope with an attached LED light to locate the 300+ hidden objects scattered around the 12 themed Tiny World cards. (for 1 or more players, ages 6+)
  • 2 Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly Kits – Includes 4 lifesize figurines and factsheet
  • 2 GeoSafari® Jr. Bugnoculars – Safely observe bugs, flowers, leaves, and more up close with this transparent, lightweight, beathable container.
  • 3 Magnifying Glasses
  • USB 2.0 Digital Microscope (requires computer with software installed)
  • Resource Binder
    • Booklist
    • App list
    • Idea sheets
    • Empty page sleeves to add your program flyers or helpful tips to share with future users


Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope


  • 2.0 Megapixels, up to 250x magnification (Note: Final magnification corresponds to monitor size)
  • Uses a webcam chipset and sensor to support a nearly any operating system and standard webcam software
  • Built-in LED halo light with brightness adjustment control
  • Flexible arm stand with observation pad includes graduated marks for easy measurement
  • Capacitive touch button to initiate image capture
  • Image, video, and time-lapse capture initiated from within the downloadable companion software


Software and Setup Instructions


This STEM Kit was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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