A mysterious pond in Kakamega rainforest, Kenya

“We don’t get many visitors here. When people come to Kenya, they just want to see the big animals. They all go to safaris. But for me, the rainforest is much more interesting. I’ve been a guide here for almost 30 years. If more people visited, we would have more funds for preservation. We already…

An Ant and its Leg

In the beginning of the year, I had an ant infestation in my dorm. When I got back from the first day of class, I saw a multitude of them crawling up and down the walls of my room in a path, following the railing of my window, to the corners of the walls. I…

Foldscope activity challenge Day 7

Feb 15th, 18:04/ Night shift street activity. It was dark already when I left home walking aimlessly hopefully to find some kids. Since I was late that day I tried to come up with more appealing excess to pass because I had long day and it was already getting dark so kids will be home…

An Inside Look at a Leaf

The above picture is an inside look at a leaf from a plant! In this photo, you can see the veins and plant cells.

Foldscope activity challenge Day 6

Feb 14th, 18:30 / Topic: Mental Health of Science Communicator.Big shopping center + Bazaar (showcase event of products) = crowd of families with kids around. I wanted to spend time with my family and do the activity there. In first glance one may assume, that day was most productive one so far, yet it was…

Drawing onion cells in real-time!

I’ve been re-viewing all the permanent slides I’d made earlier, and experimenting with different viewing techniques. Recently we took out my first slide, an onion peel mount (https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=197449), and tried Mr Manu’s “camera lucida” mode (https://microcosmos.foldscope.com/?p=16684). Using the simplest of materials we found on my table, we set up the Foldscope as seen in the…

Citizens Science: Soil quality, Nematode Isolation & Environmental Social Justice

Why is this particular project important?
Our Citizen-Science project focuses on environmental science with a social justice cause for all individuals to participate and help with positive change. Every person deserves healthy air, access to clean water, and the ability to grow food. Unfortunately, it is not the case for everyone due to climate change and redlining(i.e., discriminatory practice where access and opportunities are withheld from individuals who reside in neighborhoods classified as “undesirable.”)
Our project is a longitudinal study to analyze the impact of climate change by taking atmospheric, soil, and nematode data and location for students, educators, and social justice warriors. All individuals participating in our project will have access to the data to innovate new technologies to improve soil quality, better intervention to adapt or slow climate change, and spotlight purposeful injustice to a local official and make positive change.

Quand la microbiologie rencontre la santé des plantes et des humains: visite de l’usine d’aflasafe, Kaolack

Les aflatoxines sont des composés produits par des champignons Aspergillus flavius. Ces toxines sont toxiques lorsqu’elles sont ingérées par l’homme, et génèrent des cancers du foie. Les enfants sont particulièrement touchés. Ces champignons grandissent fréquemment sur les cultures, résultant en une teneur importante en aflatoxines, qui se retrouve ensuite dans la nourriture. Pour cette raison,…

“Ah, this big thing is a “Loter”? Wow!!!!

“I have seen a bee” “I have seen a millipede” “I have seen a scorpion””I saw a mosquito” “I have seen an ant” I saw a sungura-mzee, “I saw a crab” “I saw a snake” I saw a bird’s feathers. “Ah, this big thing is a “Loter”? Wow!!!! The above exclamations are from primary and…

Why does the Retba lake have the color of a carrot?

The Retba Lake, also called Pink lake (“lac rose” in French) is a well-known water body in Senegal, near Dakar, the capital. The lake is astounding: it has such a bright, carrot-like color! I am also told that it is 10 time more salted than the ocean, and even more than the Dead Sea. A…

Foldscope activity challenge Day 5

Feb 13th, 17:00 / Gradually I noticed the duration of activity was decreasing day after another due to some reasons for example how I reacted to things happened and the expectations I had did not match the reality. I faced things I did not encounter them before nor thought of them, all made me feel…

Foldscope activity challenge Day 4

Feb 12th, 15:00/ Full of excitement, I tried to make it to the appointment with group of kids who I met on (day-2) to meet up again for extended workshop. I was 5 minutes late, then after waiting around 20 more minutes it was unexpected no one showing up because I thought they will be…

Foldscope activity challenge Day 3

Feb 11th, 17:00 / First street tour to find kids playing around. Some drama happened as well because of misunderstanding by a lady who thought kids should not stand with strangers, which is right -Read the story at the end-. My teenage cousin was with me that day to help take some good pictures along…

Foldscope activity challenge Day 2

Feb, 10th – 17:24pm/ Bringing science to street. I had to take the challenge to street and do everything -including taking pictures- by myself without team!This unplanned transition occurred due to couple reasons and it brought also many other unexpected incidences later -will share eventually within each day what happened- Two main reasons why I…

Foldscope activity 21-day challenge

On Feb 8, 2022/ I challenged myself to do science public outreach using Foldscope as a tool in my local community Iraq, Kirkuk for kids consistently without skipping a day. Starting today March 10th, I will update this post continuously to add more information about my adventures.So if you are curious about exciting stories (how…

Foldscope activity challenge Day 1

2022-02-09 Wednesday 17:00 +3GMT First day of the challenge started in a kids fair called “Al-Sanafer”. I involved my young brother and cousins to so they gain new experience and try new format of Team making in science public outreach for target audience being “Kids”. Link to their facebook post We prepared different slides both…