One day workshop on Foldscope at Purulia

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, organised a one day workshop at C.S.N High School, Balarampur, Purulia, West Bengal, India on 13th April 2019.

Introductory Session-

The workshop started with Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri, giving the basic idea of foldscope and the microscopic world to the participants.

Ranjan describing how to assemble a foldscope

The participants were students of standard 6 to 10. Prior to this workshop, they had no exposure to a microscope or foldscope. So the workshop was their gateway to the microscopic world.

Demonstration session-

In this session, Ranjan, member of our foldscope team, explained how to fold and assemble a foldscope followed by a demonstration of various microscopic objects such as algae, fungi, various types of tissue, plant cell etc.

Ranjan interacting and demonstrating foldscope to the participants

Observation under foldscope-

In this session, students observed various microscopic objects with foldscope such as algae, fungus, pollen grains etc.

Participants observing with foldscope
Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri showing a participant how to observe under foldscope
Workshop on foldscope at C.S.N High School, Purulia, West Bengal, India


This was their first exposure to foldscope and it was a very successful.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Congratulations – and what a wonderful effort. The starry eyed students get to explore.

    Quick question: . Do you have enough foldscope to deploy in communities you are working?


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