It was my first experience of making a foldscope and seeing somethings using the foldscope, at a workshop at IITB on 29th August. Myself alongwith Arunan, Nagarjuna, Rafikh (CUBE Lab, @HBCSE, TIFR) participated in the workshop.
With quite a bit of maneuvering and dexterity, we managed to observe something that excited us watching through the foldscope. I must confess that the artwork and origami of folding the foldscope seemed like a mundane task, but when I saw the sample through it and then it was the aha moment. We collected some moss from the campus and prepared a sample using the glass slide, and instead of cover slip, we directly applied the sticky tape (cover slip) on it. A volunteer from the DharaviDiary was really helping us patiently.
Well! now that I own a foldscope for myself, I will venture into the ‘micron’ world, and I would be excited to see a live and moving thing with the foldscope!
(CUBE, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai)