Foldscope outreach programme at Godavarish Vidyapith, Banpur Odisha

The School Premises
Foldscope program participants

The Foldscope team of Wetland Research and Training Centre, Chilika Development Authority, Balugaon in their pursuit for raising awareness about the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources of Chilika Lagoon visited Godavarish Vidyapita, Banpur, on 13th February 2019. This school was located about 15 Km away from Chilika in a small coastal village Banpur and has strength of around 120 students from standard 8th and 9th. The school represents a true resource constrained organization where neither the teacher now the students has ever used a hand magnifying lens. It is somewhat unfortunate that being so close to a wetland of international importance i.e. Chilika, they never had an opportunity to explore the microscopic world that is hidden in the lake.  In such circumstances, Foldscope has plenty of opportunity to offer as a first portable microscope for the school children where costly microscope cannot be provided. These students can utilise the foldscope to understand the microscopic biodiversity of apart from fishes, birds, and doplphins of Chilika.

Foldscope presentation for the 8th and 9th standard students.
Showing students the diatom captured under Foldscope.

During the Foldscope outreach program, students and teachers of the school took an active participation in the interactive programme to know about the Foldscope and its application as a portable microscope. The concept of foldscope was well received by students and teachers. Live demonstration of foldscope assembly, algae sample preparation and visualization through foldscope was taken as an activity. Foldscope videos of live rotifer engulfing feed, oligochaete and its internal structure, spirogyra were demonstrated. Foldscope was appreciated as an efficient tool to study about the seagrasses, microorganisms, food web and how to take steps in conserving them for their betterment.

Looking at the Origami paper that becomes Foldscope.
Foldscope demonstration.
Foldscope demonstration.
Girls who were part of the Foldscope orientation.
Active boys who participated in the Foldscope Orientation.

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