Calcium chloride – polarized

This salt is used to give fireworks their orange colour, as a de-icer, desssicant and in heating pads. Not only is it hygroscopic, taking water from the atmosphere, but it is also deliquescent — absorbing so much water from the atmosphere as to form an aqueous solution. I made this slide with a glass slide…

Foldscope workshop with II PU students

College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore Students involved: II PU (grade 12) A workshop on Foldscope use and research was conducted in our college involving II PU students to develop scientific and research aptitude. The students were divided into groups and were explained about the importance and ease of use of Foldscope. They…

Using Foldscope as tool in class room teaching @GGDSD College, Chandigarh

A class practical on testing the presence of starch in food was performed using Foldscope by students of 6th semester. Requirements: Potato tuber, razor blade, cover slip, water, iodine solution, microscope, blotting paper, foldscope Principle: Iodine reacts with starch and changes its colour to blue-black Procedure: Cut a thin section of a potato tube by…

Twinning of schools programmme was conducted on 27.09.2018 to 02.10.2018 with Christ Senior Secondary school for a period of 6 Days.

Highlights The Principal & teachers of of Christ senior Secondary school gave us a warm welcome and introduced us in the assembly. There we explained about the Foldscope & its uses, Assembly etc…. More than 1000 students benefited. 10 students of our school with Principal Investigator D.Aravindaraja Trained the students of Meghalaya Christ Senior Secondary…

Foldscope demonstration in a village school-2

Foldscope orientation workshop was organized at S. Baldev Singh Govt. senior secondary School, Majatri (SAS Nagar). Use of audio visual aids is rarely done in classrooms in rural setups. Theoretical explanation and videos on foldscopy raised curiosity in the students. This paper microscope really fascinated them, They want to use it on their own. They…

Fibers of soft toy under foldscope

Some fibers got loose from my sister’s teddy when it was washed. I stained them in beet juice and mounted them on a slide to see under foldscope. The fibers were quite clear and distinct.

Foldscope sensitization@ NSS Camp GGDSD COLLEGE

National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. NSS Camp is a special kind of a weeklong camp which is usually organized by the regional NSS Centers once in a year. The camp is planned in such a way that the volunteers are…


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What is in your slime?

Slime particles under Foldscope 5th Grade Student Work A week ago I started a Foldscope Club for 5th-7th Graders.  I told them to be curious explorers and come see me at recess if they had questions or needed help making slides.   After the weekend a very disappointed girl came to my classroom and said she…

Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose is treated with boric acid to make household insulation.  Here is a picture with plane polarized light.

Cellulose Insulation – Darkfield

Cellulose, treated with boric acid, is often used as housing insulation. Here is a picture with tangential illumination, creating a dark field effect.

Foldscope workshop for primary children at Temrubahar village, Rajaborari

Foldscope workshop was organized for primary school children at Mogradhana village with the following objectives: To expose them to the usage of foldscope for observing microbes, bacteria, and fungus which were mounted on slides acquired from the hands, mouth, water, feet, and clothes of the individual. Hindi Leaflets were distributed which contain information on hygienic…

Trying out a new light source for our foldoscopes!

I’ve loved my Foldscope, using it with the small magnifying light source as well as holding it up to the natural light. However I wanted to find another lightsource that would be: 1. battery operated 2. dimmable (and not too bright for your eyes) 3. fairly cheap, yet easy to find (!) This past week…

What’s this? (Hint: It’s a vegetable.)

We did a Foldscope workshop in Yokohama, Japan. A 12 year old girl brought a sample from her kitchen. What do you think this is? 横浜でフォールドスコープのワークショップを開催しました。 12歳(小学6年生)の女の子が、キッチンからサンプルをもってきてくれましたよ! これは何でしょう? ヒントは、野菜です。 The answer is… celery! セロリ でした! Thank you! Sayaka

Unknown Algal Specimen from Loktak Lake, Manipur

Student Name: Anjali Manoj College/School: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. Specimen: Unknown specimen of Kingdom Plantae Division Thallophyta Specimen collected from: Shell of snail found at Loktak Lake, Manipur  on 2nd December, 2018 Specimen observed at:  CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th December, 2018


Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!  Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.  Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,  Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?  How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise,  Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering  To seek for treasure in the jewelled…


Although Lakes International School already succeeded in promoting the use of foldscope till the standard 8th but On 4TH DECEMBER,  2018 I.e, on Tuesday Lakes International School,  Bhimtal organized a Workshop for the students of the school and also of the schools in the locality like GGIC, GIC,  KENDRA VIDYALAYA;etc. The program took the form…

Hygiene workshop for secondary school boys, REI school, Agra

It is important to maintain personal hygiene to protect oneself from diseases and remain healthy. Awareness campaign on personal hygiene was conducted in secondary school, Agra. A total of 143 students from class 6 to class 8 participated in the workshop. Samples from hands, mouth, feet, unwashed clothes, hair, nails and drinking water were collected….

Fabrics under foldscope

We used foldscope to view the structure of fabric and interestingly a single strand of fabric seemed like a complex structure under the foldscope. Through foldscope we can observe how clean and unclean fabrics look at microscopic level. We have created slides of clean synthetic fabric and unwashed synthetic fabric and viewed them under foldscope….