The event was Saturday, and yesterday (Sunday) there was a brunch, and there I gave the 2 kids (11.5 and 13) their presents. They didn't know about them before I presented the microscopes, which were sent to their address. Their dad (an M.D.) was there and it was his idea for me to break it to them.
The bar mitzvah boy said immediately he'd been wanting a microscope! I noted that I'd noticed a telescope in his room (looks to me to be a ~4" reflector). I'd forgotten what I'd heard him say a year or two ago, which was that he intends to become a pathologist! He figures he'll make more money than his surgeon dad (heard him say that yesterday!), and he has other reasons. He's a real smart kind, there's way more to him than I can fathom. Had lots of friends with him over the weekend. Seemingly almost all boys, but I guess that's to be expected at that age.
I unboxed one of the scopes ( AmScope SE306R-PZ-LED stereo microscope
). He evidently didn't know the distinction between a compound binocular microscope and a stereo microscope, and I briefly explained that you get 3D with a stereo scope but not as great magnification and that many people find stereo scopes more useful and fun. He had said he actually has used microscopes at school. I also presented each of them with Amscope's highly rated 25 sample slide set, which people told me works for compound binocular AND stereo scopes OK.
Since he wants to be a pathologist I wondered if I got him the right scope. Maybe a compound binocular scope (my first idea) would have been the better choice.
They're not the kind of kids to fake their emotions for you. Anyway, I figure they may well really enjoy those scopes by and by. Their parents can afford to give them most anything. You should have seen the extravaganza weekend they threw for people, some of whom came from across the country. The kid did mention in the speech he made during the after party that the party was mostly for his parents! Honesty!