Malabar Hill Visit

Date: 23rd Nov 2018Place: Malabar Hill, MumbaiParticipants: Aziz, Siddhi, Jennifer and MayaDescription:The 4 of us enthusiastically went up to Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) today morning, only to find it shut on occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The only other park that would be open would be the Malabar Hill Park in South Mumbai. So we…

Cross section of Taro (Colocasia esculenta); Steam and root

During our out reach program at BARANILPUR A.D.P VIDYAMANDIR (H.S), the participants prepared their own slide of Fish scale and Cross section of Taro (Colocasia esculenta); Steam and root for observing under Foldscope. Few of the samples were stained with safranine and few were unstained to demonstrate the importance of staining with the help of…

DBT Foldscope Workshop @ CTTE College, Chennai, on 22, Aug, 2019

Under DBT Foldscope scheme, One Day Workshop on DBT Foldscope- Assembly & Usage was conducted at CTTE College, Chennai on 22, Aug, 2019. Nearly 50 students from various classes of B.Sc. Physics participated in this workshop enthusiastically. Our volunteers who guided the participants belong to four different generation of Foldscopers of our College. This is…

Workshop for Ramakrishna Mission group of schools, Chennai

Under DBT Foldscope project, we could reach out to nearly 90 students and 10 Science teachers and Science activity room staff of Ramakrishna Mission group of Schools, Chennai. Students and teachers from their three different schools participated in this workshop on 13, Aug, 2019.

Papilio demoleus

Students name : Shilpa , Bharathi, Leelavathi College name:CMR National PUcollege, ITPL, Bengalore Specimen: Papilio demoleus(lime butterfly) Parts observed under foldscope: Proboscis, Wing dust, scales on wings& antenna Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropods Class: Insect Order: Lepidoptera Family: Papilionidae Genus : papilio Species: P. demoleus Description: The lime swallowtail, Papilio demoleusLinnaeus, is sometimes called the chequered…

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…

Poster and Collage competition on Health and Hygiene

Poster and collage competition was conducted for 150 students from 6th to 12th standard, from 4 different schools namely, (Prem Vidyalaya, R.E.I. from Agra, Soami Nagar Model School from New Delhi and Primary and secondary schools from Rajaborari) and best two entries from every school were awarded first     and second prize. The topic for the…

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…

Foldscoping on the streets of Addis Ababa

Sipping from boiling pots of coffee on cobbled meandering streets, with a coffee shop every step along – is not a description of some old block in Paris but the heart of Addis. Addis Ababa – the capital city of Ethiopia, the land that actually discovered Coffee and shared it with the world. A country…

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…

ON A VENTURE THROUGH NATURE

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST Students exploring the Empty Honey Hive which fallen on the ground explored the 200-year-old Baobab tree with a circumference of 14 m, planted by the French. The tree is an African species grown in Madagascar, Australia and Arabia collecting samples for foldscope photographing and viewing the honey comb explored...

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…