Last year, the Division of Cell Biology in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Cape Town organised two Foldscope workshops: one for teachers and another for leaners from local schools. This is part of larger initiative to introduce these fabulous tools into Cape Town classrooms to enhance the curriculum and encourage curiosity driven science. We assembled Foldscopes from scratch, using the excellent online tutorials as a guide, and had a great time using them to analyse leaf and insect samples.
You can see from the teachers’ reactions in these beautiful photographs taken by Ravi Gajjar that the Foldscopes were a huge hit!
The learners really enjoyed assembling the Foldscopes and using them to examine leaves, ants and even their own eyelashes!