Greetings Foldscope community! Thanks to supplies acquired at the national bioblitz held in DC earlier this year, we were able to conduct a foldscope workshop In Kerala, India this summer as part of our trip there. This post is a late in coming (as the workshop was held almost two months ago🙂), nevertheless, here it is-
The workshop was conducted at Prem Nazir Memorial High School in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. There, the school selected 12 interested students and 2 teachers to participate in the workshop.
Here is a picture of the school from outside
A total of under two hours were given to conduct the workshop. The first five minutes or so were spent explaining the Foldscope.
Then we moved on to giving out materials and demonstrating the assembly. This inevitably ended up consuming the major portion of the time.
Finally, we demonstrated how to make paper slides, viewing through the camera of a phone, and using pre-made slides. We also distributed the materials for a makeshift light module which consisted of a battery, a LED light, and tape. One of the great things about Kerala is that there is plenty of sunlight. The end of the workshop was given to test out pre-made slides at the windows in the room.
Overall, it was a great experience, and the participants of the workshop were very enthusiastic and appreciative.
Hope to keep spreading Foldscopes to the world.
~ Nataraj, Yash, and Shivaprasad DC Micronauts