Your Scanner as a Microscope

Explore the world of microcosm with your scanner!

Category: Science Time frame: half an hour
Age: Where:
Level: easy What you need: everyday objects
Keywords: macro, scanner, micro-cosmos, microscope, insect
Article written by Simon


The idea is simple: Take small objects, put them into your scanner and scan them with great resolution. Then zoom into the scanned image and explore the world of microcosm! 

Here some tips and hints for getting good results:


So here are a few examples we did.

I found a dead dragonfly and a fly on our window sill, so we tried it:







And here we scanned a printed card, where you can see you the different colors are created by mixing a few standard colors:



Do you have suggestions what else to scan?