Silid Aralan KIDS Foldscope Club: First Foldscope Club in the Philippines

Following the success of the workshop entitled “Me and My Environment through Foldscope” held last April 2016, KIDS Club and Silid Aralan Inc. (SAI) has finally created the first Foldscope Club in the Philippines! Known as the Silid Aralan KIDS Foldscope Club, it consists of eight learners from SAI’s iLead Program mostly Grade 5 and above students.  It aims to provide a venue for learners and science enthusiasts to gather and explore science through Foldscope.  It is hoped that through this club, the number of science professionals in the Philippines would increase in the future.

The Foldscope Club Workshop

To have a clear understanding of microscopy and Foldscope, a workshop was organized for the learners on 16 July 2016 at SAI Main Office, Rizal, Philippines.  During the workshop, the students learned about the brief history of microscopy, background of Foldscope as well as the history, composition, and types of cells. They also played a game called Twist and Shout wherein learners needed to form words such as lens, light, etc.

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Learners Group Themselves for the Ice Breaker Activity
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Word Familiarization through Playing Twist and Shout
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Mr. Aries Borgonio, SAI Project Leader for Baguio, Presents the History of Microscopes
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Assembling the Foldscopes

After that, they tried to assemble the Foldscope units with the help of the SAI mentors. Ms. Remie Segui, KVES Coordinator, showed the step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the unit. For the newbies, it was an enjoyable experience. Same goes for some who already experienced it during the ” Me and My Environment workshop” last April.

The Tomato Skin Experiment

Once finished assembling, they started making their samples using tomato skin. Next, they examined the tomato skin using Foldscopes. They were amazed by the image of the tomato cell observing it through the lens. Mr. Johnson Donato, a Biology Student and LEAP Scholar, assisted the learners during the experiment. He also explained the cells that they saw from the lenses.

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Brief Introduction of the Experiment Topic and Its Objectives
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Creating Samples Using Tomato Skin
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Observing the Tomato Tissue Using Foldscope

Finally, the learners drew the image they saw . Same with the previous workshop, each learner had a unique interpretation of the same sample.

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Images of the Tomato Skin Drawn by the Learners

 The Creation of the Club

After the workshop, Mr. Angelo Roxas, SAI Project Leader for Rizal and Foldscope Club Focal Person, presented the purpose and objectives of the club.  After confirming their membership to the club, the learners identified their leader, assistant leader, and rapporteurs.  They will help the mentors identify and prepare experiment topics and assist members during experiments. Furthermore, they will assist the mentors and learners during documentation.

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The Members of Silid Aralan KIDS Foldscope Club

The club will serve as a champion and benchmark for other Foldscope clubs that KIDS Club and Silid Aralan will establish in the near future throughout the Philippines.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Welcome to the Foldscope community @Silid Aralan Kids Foldscope Club.

    I just noticed the drawings on pieces of paper; just beautiful. Somehow the pictures are not showing up here. Really excited to read regular post from the Philipines club. Maybe, we can give some competition to the DC Micronauts Foldscope club.

    cheers
    manu

  2. laksiyer says:

    Wow. Such fantastic organization. The Philippines is full of unique microscopic life and I hope you can share some of that with us.

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