Foldscope Workshops in Haiti

Here are photos from a workshop conducted in March of 2018, which was held in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The students (and educators) at SAKALA (http://www.sakala-haiti.org), the community center established by Daniel Tillias for children who live in the Cite Soleil neighborhood, were fascinated by their ability to investigate the extraordinary world that appeared through…

Caught in a Spider’s Web Bio60_2018

Hi guys! Today, I made a cool discovery. I was walking outside and found this spider’s web, covered in flies. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to collect a sample to examine under my Foldscope . Methods: I took a sample of the web by collecting it on my fingers before transporting it…

Man-made vs. Natural: fabric and flower petal Bio60_2018

Hello everyone! Today, I wanted to compare man-made materials and natural materials under my Foldscope. My hypothesis was that man-made materials would tend to be regular and homogenous because regular, even patterns in fabrics, for example, are often a design goal. I further hypothesized that natural materials, however, would have more organic forms and might…

Fluffy Seed Pod Bio60_2018

Hello fellow explorers of the microcosmos! Today, I observed the fluff of this seed pod under the foldscope. I was struck by the beauty of the iridescent microscopic structure. It almost looks like a miniature forest or thicket of brush. The seed pod pictured in these images had been collected and dried some weeks in…