Foldscope excitement at ZPHS Vattinagulapally

Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) Vattinagulapally is a semi-rural local government school on the outer fringes of the city of Hyderabad, Telangana. I have been visiting this school as a volunteer in the weekend outreach program of TIFR Hyderabad, since July this year. Classes at Vattinagulapally are fairly small, partly because of drop-outs after elementary…

Mystery of galls on leaves

Post about a mind-blowing observation I made 2day: while coming from office I saw strange nodules on a plant leaves. Out of curiosity I plucked one leaf with nodules n brought home. My guess was it must bel disease which is causing abnormal growth. To check what these nodules made up of, I cut open…

Workshop on “Outreach Workshop on Usage of Foldscope” conducted by BMS College of Engineering for classes VII and VIII school students at Bengaluru, Karnataka on February 14th 2019

A series of two workshops were conducted on use of Foldscope as an awareness program, by BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru. The First Workshop was conducted on February 14th 2019 in the morning session at Government Higher Primary School,Sunkadakatte,for class VII and VIII students. Around 40 students participated. The resource person were Prof N.Prathibha from…

Door to Door Campaigns on Personal Hygiene using Foldscope as an Aid

A campaign was conducted in the villages of Rajaborari to educate women on importance of hygiene with emphasis of cloth and menstrual hygiene. Women were explained the importance and procedure to wash clothes. They were shown slides of microbes with the help of foldscope. Microbes were collected from unwashed bedding, unclean towel, etc.  100 women…

Educating school children on menstrual hygiene, usage and disposal of sanitary napkins

Workshop no menstrual hygiene was held at schools in Rajaborari, a remote area in Madhya Pradesh. School students were shown the bacteria on sanitary napkins using foldscope. Slides were created by collecting the bacteria on napkins. Doctors were invited to explain menstrual hygiene to students and sample sanitary napkins were distributed.

Life in an ‘Organic pond’ – Part 2

Let’s explore more of the life in an ‘organic’ pond, continuing with the same water sample that we investigated for the last post. I now noticed a larva, about 5 mm long, swimming in the water. It was moving very fast, but I patiently followed it with a dropper and was finally able to pick…

How I am learning BOTANY

How I am learning BOTANY, a thread: I had studied botany in school and college but never found it as interesting as microbiology. So ultimately did masters in microbiology. I have been exploring microscopic world with the @TeamFoldscope, I always carry it with me. (1/n) I put anything I find interesting under the Foldscope and…

Mystery embryos in a jelly sack

At a fountain inside the UNCC campus in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) – I found a floating jelly in the water. It was a big surprise to see for a simple reason – I have never seen an egg sack that feels like jelly that does not belong to a marine invertebrate. But here I was…

Life in an ‘Organic pond’ – Part 1

After my experience and learning with the Dal Lake water sample, I have been constantly on the lookout for water ecosystems. Recently, I visited my sister’s home at the ‘Organo Eco-Habitat’ in Hyderabad, where there is an artificial pond. I collected water from a corner of the pond, in which I found an insect wing…

Pollen Grain

This is the second picture shared on the microscosmos from Nigeria. The picture is a foldscopic view of a pollen grain under very low light intensity. In this picture taken, the pollen grain looks more like a worm or a tentacle of a sea creature. Above is the picture of the pollen grain under a…