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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…

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…

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…

Microscopy in Kenya.

On 4th February we visited schools we collaborate with to implement science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) programs. One such school is St John Fisher’s Mbui Njeru Secondary School in Embu County. This school has been using Foldscope microscopes to unlock unseen worlds. According to their Biology teacher Ephantus Mutiga Schrodinger, this kind of…

Snake Plant

This image was submitted as part of foldoscope project in Grade 6 where students find interesting living species at home. Source: StackPath. (2021, June 6). Gardening Know How. Retrieved January 20, 2022, from https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/snake-plant/snake-plant-care.htm

Gumamela

This image was submitted as part of foldoscope project in Grade 6 where students find interesting living species at home.References: Gumamela. (n.d.). Philippine Medicinal Plants. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from http://www.stuartxchange.org/Gumamela.html ‘Gumamela’ blooms as economic driver. (2012, March 22). INQUIRER.Net. Retrieved January 24, 2022, from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/165317/%E2%80%98gumamela%E2%80%99-blooms-as-economic-driver Gumamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn). (n.d.). Philippine Herbal Medicine. Retrieved January 24,...

Invasive Beauty

I am an undergraduate student at Princeton University, studying ecology. Princeton is a beautiful place, complemented by the range of native and exotic plants planted around the campus. In the fall, these trees and bushes burst into bright reds, oranges, and yellows. With my foldscope, I examined a leaf of a Winged Burning Bush (Euonymus…

Chia seeds

Dense structure of the chia seed which germinated in water for a week. One the left is the chia seed which germinated in water for a week and on the right is a picture of a dry chia seed. I use chia seeds on a regular basis for my smoothies, oatmeal and chia puddings. A…

A fuzzy, white blanket

There is nothing that compares to a bite of fresh, vibrant fruit on a gentle spring day. Yet even during the chilly months, my sweet tooth never stops. So you could imagine my excitement when my roommate gifted me with an armful of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  I stashed them in my fridge only…

Autumn Autopsy

Living in the Mid-Atlantic means living through 4 distinct seasons, every single year. 4 different lives, 4 different climates, and 4 different times, complete with their own characteristics and narratives that shape every year as they pass. I’ve been thinking a lot about the anthropocene, and what life looks like because of human intervention; what…

Leaf Life

I conducted this project as part of Professor Pringle’s EEB321 class at Princeton University. I had never used a fold scope before, and was excited to see clear, interesting images through the lenses. One of my best images was the one shown here, which shows a small leaf that I found on the Princeton University…

Spotted lanternfly wing

As spotted lanternflies began to ravage the Princeton campus, students were encouraged to stomp them out if found. The student body has responded to this call: a brief stroll through the paved campus walkways reveals the carnage inflicted upon the adult lanterfly population. But few students have taken the time or had the curiosity to…

My Microcosmos Soil Sample

This is a sample of soil that is used by the foldscope. Extra: This is a sample of a fiber from a shirt. (You can distinguish the fiber sample by the long strips.)

Online Webinar on Foldscope and its Applications by Dr Parul Gurjar

Online webinar on Foldscope and its applications organized by Dept. of Microbiology, Seth Kesarimal Porwal College, Kamptee, Nagpur in Collaboration with Dept. of Botany Arvindbabu Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya Bharsingi, Narkhed, Nagpur where the expert talk was given by Dr. Parul Gurjar, Former Junior Research Fellow, Indo-US DBT Foldscope.

Foldscope workshop for primary school students in Tanzania.

Foldscope session conducted at St. Joseph primary school , as part of rising stem star session conducted by projekt inspire team . Students were able to explore micro-world , to capture new knowledge related to science of living things and they saw how microworld appeared under 140x magnification using foldscope.