Cephalocereus senilis – the Old Man Cactus

This sample was taken type of cactus called the Old Man Opuntia Cactus, which is a furry, slender cactus. Its name comes from the fact that the shaggy coat of long white hairs on the cactus resembles that of an old man.  I collected the sample at the Arizona Garden on campus, which has a…

Flower Petal Cells

I was sitting in the courtyard of my dorm doing homework and I noticed some of the first flower blossoms of the year. I picked one of the flowers off the tree in the afternoon of February 9, 2018 and immediately took it to my foldscope. I prepared the slide by cutting a small piece…

Cells of mimosa pudica

When the students are walking around the ground they saw some plants. in that mimosa pudica is the eye capturing for them why because when they touch the leaves are closed. they played for some time they they asked the students that what we can see in this leaf differently, so that the leaves are…

Very Curly Human Hair!

For my very first Foldscope posting, I decided to examine a piece of my very curly hair! So much of it comes out on my brush (yikes) that I thought I’d take a strand and see what it really looks like up close. I initially had trouble seeing it in the Foldscope, but with some…

Two Types of Salt Crystals

Students who are first learning how to use a microscope as part of an introductory science class often view salt or sugar crystals with the instrument–it’s a great and harmless way to introduce them to the microscopic world. Unfortunately, despite having worked with microscopes before I had yet to view salt crystals under one with…

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…

Foldscopes to donate

Hello all. I ordered the 20 piece kit thinking I could donate them to my daughter’s kindergarten class, but it’s a bit too mature for them. I’ll be traveling to South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town) and can donate 15 foldscopes. If anyone’s interested, please let me know .

Flower Petal

I created a slide with a pink flower petal that was growing outside and used Foldscope to view it in closer detail. This picture was taken using a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone. I was fascinated by how easy it was to use Foldscope and more importantly, how similar it was to using the large standard…

Cells in different leaves

Today In Agastya we had seen the plant cells present in leafs . we had seen the different types of leaves like croton,touch me not plant,guava leaf,uttereni,. we felt very happy to see this cells which are not visible to our naked eyes, thank you agastya for showing this type of things, thank you foldscope….

Gilroy crew

Attended the fold scope training today!  Loved it!  And I especially love the philosophy behind it!  I am excited to use this with my students.  We plan on using middle school students to peer tutor our 5th graders to assemble the fold scopes and do some observations!  Love, love, love!!!!


This is a gilroy test!

Plant leaves up close and cellular

Last winter break I volunteered to catsit my neighbor’s Maine coon and water the plants in the apartment. I could not resist exploring the indoor garden with my foldscope! Here the cells from a leaf of Purple Heart/wandering Jew plant appear like purple and green gems: Here’s a kaleidoscope of colored leaf cells from a…

Marine Conservation & Education

Hi Everyone, I just received my Foldscopes in the Philippines. I will be working with educators and other non-profits to bring Foldscopes to kids here. My focus is on fishing communities so I am grateful for all of the ideas I find in the Microcosmos for marine-related subjects and low/no-cost projects. I look forward to…

Examining Fabric

I wanted to view a man-made object with the Foldscope, so I cut out a piece of a dyed sock made of woven fabric and mounted it on a slide. I used my iPhone SE to photograph the sample. I was fascinated by how clear the individual threads appeared under a microscope since they look…

Posting from WordPress app

I often find it difficult to transfer data; so I use “WordPress” app to directly make posts on foldscope site. Give it a try. It’s easy to setup – download WordPress from App Store – link the site “microcosms.foldscope.com” Cheers Fabian

Gaseous exchange through stomata cell

My self  Varalakshmi. Iam very curiosity to learn about stomata cells in rheo plant through foldscope.It was very easy to handle and attractive one.    

cells in the beet root

my self iam prasanth from ZPHS. Kenumakulapalli.Iam very interested to see the different cells in vegetables like beet root under foldscope.Iam very happy because this is the first time iam handling foldscope and even observing cells under foldscope.Thank you Agastya and Manu sir.  

kitchen of the cell

when i saw foldscope i wondered because i came from rural area i.e. ZPHS Kenumakulapalli  8th class. this is the first time i seen foldscope.It was very funny to handle compare to microscope.I observed the Chloroplast ,cell wall and cell membrane.  

pollen grains and pollen tubes of Hibiscus flower

my name is Gurumurthy studying 8th class.i felt very happy and easy to handling the foldscope. when iam observing pollen grains and pollen tube under foldscope its very interesting.Thank you for Manu sir giving This Opportunity for rural students.

மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிப் பயிற்சி- நாமக்கல் மாவட்டம்

தமிழ்நாடு  நாமக்கல் மாவட்டத்தில் உள்ள குமாரப் பாளையத்தில் குழந்தைகளுக்காக இயங்கி வரும் நூலகத்தை சிகரம் என்ற அமைப்பு செயல்படுத்தி வருகிறது. இதில் 100க்கும் மேற்பட்ட கிராமப்புற மாணவர்கள் நூல்களை எடுத்துப் பயன்படுத்தி வருகின்றனர்.  சிகரம் அமைப்புடன் இணைந்து தமிழ்நாடு அறிவியல் இயக்கம் 21.01.2018 அன்று ஒரு பயிற்சிக்கு ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்தது. அதில் அப்பகுதியில் படிக்கும் 3ம் வகுப்பு முதல் 12ம் வகுப்புவரை உள்ள சுமார் 30 மாணவர்கள் அப் பயிற்சியில் கலந்து கொண்டனர். திருவணாமலை மருத்துவக்கல்லூரியில் பணியாற்றி…

வெண்டைகாய் பூ மகரந்தம்

நான் கோவிலுக்காக எங்க கிராமத்திற்கு போனேன். எங்கள் கிராமம் மதுரை காமராஜர் பல்கலைகழகத்தை அடுத்து உள்ளது. நாங்கள் சென்ற வழியில் வெண்டைகாய் காய்த்திருந்தது. அதில் ஒரு பூவை பறித்து மடிப்ப நுண்ணோக்கியில் பார்க்கலாம் என்று எடுத்துவந்து வீட்டில் பதிவு செய்தேன். இது என்னுடைய பதிவு. நான் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியில் பார்த்த தெளிவான பதிவு நகல் படத்தில் இல்லை.