Thank you Mr Manu

Today starts my summer vacation. So I will take a little break from my Foldscope. I have enjoyed the whole project. Thank you, Mr Manu, for letting me and mommy beta test. 6-year-old

The Frozen Project: The Conclusion

Months ago a 6-year-old was asked: If you were an illustrator of the movie “Frozen,” what type of crystals would be your inspiration? Before you begin you have to study crystals under your Foldscope. Here you will find records of the studies:Part-1Part-2Part-3Part-4Part-5Part-6Part-7Part-8Part-9Part-10BloopersAdditional BloopersMr Manu Helps-1Mr Manu Helps-2 Here are the results:

The Frozen Project: Part 10

The Frozen Project: A 6-year-olds study of crystals… Good morning! What have you been up to? Studying ice cream. I looked at both vanilla and chocolate ice cream. (Idea thanks to @laksiyer.) That sounds yummy! Well, I did not eat it! What did you do with it? About three weeks back I took a slide…

The Frozen Project: Part 9

The Frozen Project: A 6-year-olds study of crystals… I see you have been working. What else have you explored? Hail Stones. What, Hail stones?? Yes. Suddenly there was a big BANG of thunder. And it got very dark and windy and humid outside. And suddenly little pitter-patters were heard, and they were hail stones!! Wow!…

The Frozen Project: Part 8

The Frozen Project: A 6-year-olds study of crystals… Hi there! What have you been exploring? Baking Soda! Do you mean the stuff I cook with? Yes. Well, what did you do with it? I poured a little out of the box and into a bowl of water. I mixed and added until the water could…

The Frozen Project: Additional Bloopers

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals continues with a few more bloopers… 1) I was very inspired by Mr Manu to grow Vitamin-C crystals. Check out his blog HERE. Mommy and I read the blog, put on our shoes, and walked to the grocery store. Within an hour we had Vitamin-C and started…

The Frozen Project: Part 7

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals… So what have you discovered under your Foldscope? A prism. (The prism I studied was from an old chandelier, and it was a man made glass crystal.) I thought you tried that before and it did not work like you expected? Well, last time it was more…

The Frozen Project: Part 6

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals… Mr Manu suggested we study sea water, but we are not close to the ocean. So what did you study instead? Fish tank water for our fresh water fish. I thought you did that before? Well, I did but that water was wet. This time we let…

The Frozen Project: Bloopers

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals continues, but today we are going to share some of our bloopers. Maybe you can offer ideas of how to turn these bloopers into success… 1) We tried to examine ice cream. We froze a slide and put the ice cream on it, we put ice cream…

The Frozen Project: Part 5

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals continues with help from @laksiyer… When we started The Frozen Project @laksiyer suggested we study sand—so we did! Where did you get your sand? Some came from the beach and some came from our sand box. I will call these Beach Sand #1, Beach Sand #2, and…

The Frozen Project: Part 4

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals continues… Why has it been so long since you posted? My crystals took a long time to grow on my slide – two weeks to be exact! What did you grow? Maple Syrup crystals. I will call these Maple Syrup #1 and Maple Syrup #2. How did…

The Frozen Project: Part 3

The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals… What happens when it snows? You study what comes down! What did you find? Snow! But two different kinds: Wet snow which I will call snow #1 and dry snow which I will call snow #2. First, how did you make your slides? We dumped the snow…

The Frozen Project: Part 2

Today we continue The Frozen Project: a 6-year-olds study of crystals… What did you study next? Sugar crystals. I will call these “Sugar #1.” How did you make them? It was sugar plus water, but it was a hot solution. So we melted the sugar into the water. Before we used the simple sugar solution,…

The Frozen Project: Part 1

Question: If you were an illustrator of the movie “Frozen,” what type of crystals would be your inspiration? Before you begin you have to study crystals under your Foldscope. (This will be an ongoing project of many blogs so check back for the full experience!) 6-year-old: First I studied ice pellets from a winter storm….

What do you do with a fish that goes belly up?

Question of the day: What do you do with a fish that goes belly up? Answer of a 6-year-old: Look at the fish under a foldscope, of course! How did you do that? We put the fish in a baggie, and then put the baggie under the foldscope. What kind of fish did you examine?…

Can we capture and examine a bug like Mr Manu?

Question of the day: Can we capture and examine a bug like Mr Manu? Thoughts of 6-year-old: Yes we can! But it did not really work out the way we had planned it. The bug died before we could get any video of his heart or breathing. Yet, we did get some good pictures. Question…

Frozen water/ice/snow slides possible?

6-year-old’s mom here: We are wanting to explore the frozen world under the FoldScope. Successfully froze water on a slide, but there was really no “wow” feature to what we saw. (6-year-old said it looked just like water!!) Do any of you have some ideas of what a 6-year-old and a mom can do with…

What does Milton Avery have to do with my slides?

Thoughts of a 6-year-old: Today mommy sat me down with a book of American Modernest artworks. She asked me to flip through and choose a picture that resonated with me. After asking what resonated meant, I got to work. I found a very pretty picture. Mommy asked me: “What drew me to the picture?” Here…

What slides look like a landscape?

6-year-old thoughts: Today mommy told me about different types of art. We discussed portrait (a picture of a person), landscape (a picture of a place), still life (a picture of stuff), and illustration (a picture to tell a story). We looked at lots of different types of art. I especially liked a landscape painting on…

What is my favorite slide so far?

6-year-olds thoughts: So today my mommy asked me: “what is my favorite slide so far?” Of course I said a bugs wing, because it is a part of a bug! I am learning about Picasso and his different styles: blue period, rose period, cubism, and so much more. In cubism Picasso wanted to see every…

Could you drink fish tank water?

Question of a six-year-old: Could you drink fish tank water? Thoughts: NO!! I would not. But the fish seem to love it. I would not drink it because not only do I know that it is dirty, but it looked really dirty too.

What does mommy’s design work look like?

Question of six-year-old: What does mommy’s design work look like? (a sample was taken of a printed coated sheet of paper) Thoughts: It looks like lots of little dots – that are so small – put together. The dots make up bigger images from far away. Mommy told me the dots were four different colors…

What is in my breakfast?

Question of 6-year-old: What is in my breakfast? (slides of 2% milk and gala apple) Thoughts: We explored the flesh and the skin of an apple. The flesh was mushy and almost like a spiders web. In it were these floating things and water droplets. The skin was red and pink. The milk was like…

What does a plant look like on it’s insides?

Question of 6-year-old: What does a plant look like on it’s insides? (Made slide of both Kale and a pink Poinsettia.) Thoughts on Kale: Well, it was hard to see through, but mommy found the edge of it which was thinner. When I looked through, I could see all these like little dots. They were…

What is inside a crayon?

Question of a 6-year-old: What is inside a crayon? Thoughts: It looks like big paint blotches. It looks really thick and creamy, but the edges were thin. It looked sticky even though I know that it is really hard.

What does a feather look like up close?

Question of 6-year-old: What does a feather look like up close? Thoughts: It basically looks fluffy. It looks like what it would look like from afar, except that it is very up close. It has black dots even though the feather was white. It looks like lots of fiber.

What is in a Bug’s Wing?

Question of 6-year-old: What is in a Bug’s Wing? Thoughts: Wow, they look like paint marks! When I look at them from under the high magnification lens, they more looked like a sewing pattern — kind of like cross stitch.

What is in water?

Since the Foldscope arrive, my 6-year-old has started asking more and more questions. I will post each question as we explore them. I will also document her comments: Question of 6-year-old: What is in water? Thoughts: There are drippy marks. It looks like clear see through dough with air bubbles that has been rolled out…

Assemble and Start

6-year-old successfully assembled and explored fibers from a ribbon with both low and high lenses. Tried daylight verses incandescent light. Love the feature of attaching Foldscope to a camera. Noticed the images were clear through the viewer than through the camera. Have not tried projecting images from Foldscope yet. Very excited to start!