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 (, 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 their Foldscope lenses. For all of them, it was the first view through a microscope.



My colleagues on the Digital Plantain Project ( traveled to Haiti and introduced Foldscopes to young people in  Cite Soleil in  Haiti’s capital and in Jeremie, which is located in the more remote Grand’Anse Department.  The Project worked directly with students in Port-au-Prince and with educators in both locations to teach them how to use the Foldscopes and to share them with the students. It was exciting and great fun to share the participants’ first opportunity to work with a microscope.

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