Onion Cells

These slides were prepared by 9th B students :Vani, Mounika From: Gowlidoddi girls school

Zooplankton in a water puddle

It was a foot-deep puddle near the boundary of our large housing complex. For months no-one gave it a second look — till its wealth of gliding, writhing animal life was revealed by our foldscopes. Only then we found out that the water in this permanent puddle came from a rusty, leaking one-inch metal pipe…

Moss in rainwater

After a few monsoon showers, the water in the large rainwater pool looked quite clear, showing no obvious sign of life, even under the foldscope. But standing in a bottle over 18 days, it got steadily cloudier. Our first surprise came when, at the foldscope workshop, teachers from TSWREIS Chilkur school put a drop of…

A small step – Foldscopes reach teachers

The lesson for June may be patience. As hundreds of newly recruited teachers get counselled, assigned schools and trained; and hundreds more working teachers anticipate their transfer orders to new schools, bright and creative minds mill around, waiting. This week, just days after they joined school, we held a workshop to introduce foldscopes to teachers…

Check your cheek cells

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018   Deep down in the center of cheek  cells, the ‘wise’ nucleus appeared through the  foldscope, to give a surprise visit for the viewers. The cells are irregular in shape and have the nucleus at the center. K. T. Veronica, TSWREIS Gowlidoddi These are our foldscope numbers:…

A Day in TIFR

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 Sharada Haritha Foldscope ID Numbers: 000207EAA812, 00020CD0BE1C, 000284DDDE15, 00020E40738C, 0002050BFFDF, 000246BEACDD, 00020F8783D5, 00024E2E4719, 00022A696A85, 0002236629B9, 00026F864341, 00022E951CC1, 0002068A5D50, 0002E06E7868, 00024A310B26, 000275D93994, 00022A6964FC, 0002110CFC29, 000227DB1712, 00022656B03D, 0002976B2C1C, 00026E3A1B01.

Observation of stomata in Little hogweed (Portulaca oleracea)

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad,June 19-20, 2018 We observed the Portulaca leaf which is a dicot, leaf arrangment is alternate We observed guard cells. In this plant the stomata are paracytic in nature i.e. stomata have subsidiary cells parallel to the opening between the guard cells. Archana, Geetha Kumari, Rajeswari, TSWREIS  Dharmaram B. Our Foldscope Id…

Onion peel of outer epidermis and inner epidermis

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad, June 19-20, 2018 A. Durga & V. Sravanthi, TSWREIS Mahindra Hills 0002DE92B795 00020F209C88 0002DF026902 00022E8ABF01 000201CCBBC8 000204F47A4B 00020B0650D4 00025561AFF9 0002E19FEA1B 000225B842D9 000225702339 0002DF2D32BA 0002DCD02445 0002C13B3BFB 00021287227D 00022CA412EC 00020A884D000FC 000206FA4F17 000212F487B4 0002E0CD4D82 0002C1A2551F 00029C1B6A13

Algae in pond water

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018   Thin strands of filamentous algae are seen in the above picture. Live diatoms and micro arthropods are seen moving actively around  the algae (may be in search of food). We are not sure about the name of the algae, whether they are Ulothrix or Oedogonium. Can…

Observation of pollen grains in Hibiscus

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 We observed the pollen grains of Hibiscus rosasinensis, which belongs to Malvaceae family. The pollen grains are very clear and olive yellow in colour. The surface of pollen colporate (having apertures which combine a rounded pore and a groove) having numerous round tip spines. E. Sreenivas (JL in…

Observation of plant cells with the help of foldscope

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 Fleshy scales of onion used to take out the peel: Mobile  image of onion peel cells observed under foldscope: Cell wall, cell membrane  and nucleus can be observed in cells Satyanarayana Chary, Rammohan Rao & Srinivas, TSWREIS Shaikpet Our Foldscope Ids: 0002CFA5E69C 000262098FDC 0002E378F9E7 000270158C05 00024A8984F5 0002379BE524…

Binary Fission in Amoeba and Amazing Arthropods

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 We viewed a sample of pond water through a Foldscope and were surprised to observe the following: (1) Two daughter Amoebae in the process of splitting (2) Dividing Nucleus was also visible. Microarthropods in a sample of pond water We prepared a slide of pond water and…

Transverse Section of Portulaca oleracea stem

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 Mary Mrudula Saraswathi Arunajyothi Foldscope ID Numbers: 0002D6527B52, 00024E5F063C, 0002E28444D7, 000257A9169E, 00024CD92710, 0002E26B66D0, 0002E22BA7B0, 000227846242, 0002383FBEDC, 0002BD0506F4, 0002E16CE210, 0002142385DD, 00020BF34D0E, 00025376D2D6, 00021FF29FBA, 0002D1639902, 00021507383A, 0002D820E4E4, 0002234435A6, 0002BDBCA2A4, 000298508867, 00027C082465, 0002799C742E

Slices of plants

After our first ‘Atoms to Amoeba’ workshop four of our neighbouring TSWREIS (social welfare residential) schools took back two foldscopes each. Too few, yet so far several hundred students, most from remote rural parts of Telangana, have got their own “wow” moments on these foldscopes. It happened because our teacher participants went beyond conducting foldscope…

Inculcating Research Culture Right From Schools

As a part of TIFR, Hyderabad’s efforts to facilitate better science education in the local schools, it now interacts closely with four of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Schools, all within 10 km from the institute. On regular close interactions with the teachers and students alike from the schools, we realized that schools are fast…