Foldscope orientation Programme in Banambar Academy, Bhimpur, Odisha

The School Campus.

On 13th of February 2019, the outreach programme for school children was held in Banambar Academy, Bhimpur on the theme “Outreach programme on seagrass biodiversity of Chilika under Foldscope”. The active participants were the Principal, teachers and 200 young brains of standard 8th and 9th. A talk on Chilika, a Ramsar site of India was delivered. Students were briefed about macrophyte diversity of Chilika with special emphasis on sagrasses, their species diversity, and ecosystem services in sustaining the fishery resources including the existing threats and conservation measure taken by Chilika Development Authority. Foldscope as a tool to examine the biodiversity of seagrasses and associated fauna was introduced. An origami paper microscope: Foldscope can become a first portable microscope for the school children in resource constrained environment where costly microscope cannot be provided. Students were given hands on exposure on the use of foldscope and were allowed to use it by themselves. The benthic specimens collected from the seagrass meadows were kept for demonstration and use under foldscope. The entire programme was a success in creating awareness and sensitizing school children about seagrasses and utility of Foldscope.

Classroom filled with 200 people gathered for the Foldscope Orientation.
Foldscope Demo to the students.

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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Absolutely amazing to see this Gurudeep and team. It’s such an inspiration to watch the kids in action.


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