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SEPGuides: Science Education Partnership: The Private Eye

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Kit Description

Teacher with loupe

2 Kits

1 Tub per Kit

The Private Eye® is about the drama and wonder of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale, and theorizing. Designed to develop higher order thinking skills, creativity, and scientific literacy, it is an excellent way to introduce the power of learning by asking questions. Using magnifying loupes, students look closely at familiar objects and use analogies to connect form and function. A great learning experience for all age groups! Learn more at

Web resources for size & scale, powers of 10 concepts

Asking Questions and The Power of Ignorance

Ignorance: How it drives science. Book by Stuart Firestein (2012).

Useful Links

In The News

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Private Eye Frequently Asked Questions


Private Eye Notebook Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Tab Document
Kit Inventory
Complete List of Equipment and Materials Included
Private Eye Kit Inventory List
Kit Contents * The loupe—a 5X magnification tool (36 loupe set)
* Natural specimens to observe
* 6-well plates & Petri dishes to collect specimens 
* Private Eye® guidebook and posters

YouTube Video: The Private Eye developer Kerry Ruef

Meet founder Kerry Ruef as she introduces The Private Eye, shows examples of students using the process, student artwork and writing. Hear teachers talk about the effect of using the program in their classrooms, and about The Private Eye Training-the-Trainers Institute.