First Timers with a Foldscope

Possibly a mosquito larva. Sample collected from pond water.
Possibly a mosquito larva. Sample collected from pond water.

We’re a non-profit organization in India, and were very lucky to have hosted a Foldscope Workshop with Dr. Lakshminarayan Iyer at our campus. There were about 20 kids (rural) and 10 facilitators who were a part of this fantastic experience! Here are a few things we saw for the first time with our magic scopes 🙂

A simple blade of grass.
A simple blade of grass.

 

To describe this one-day workshop as a fantastic experience would be quite an understatement. To put things into more of a perspective, i’d like to explain our work a bit further. Agastya International Foundation works with economically disadvantaged children across India.

Possibly a mosquito larva. Sample collected from pond water.
Possibly a mosquito larva. Sample collected from pond water.

These are children with bare minimum or absolutely no resources; learning and retention in classrooms is extremely low, and there are very high drop-out rates. Agastya works with these kids to make learning fun, useful and accessible to them.

The group of girls who attended this workshop were a bunch of 9th graders from a village nearby. From the very beginning, their excitement levels were at an all-time high. So much so that they did not want to break for even lunch! Not just the children, even the facilitators were engaged throughout the day.

Pollen
Pollen

For someone who has worked with these children for a while, to see the joy and excitement on their faces when they worked with their foldscopes was beyond magical! We’re soon going to create a class group and upload pictures that the kids will take 🙂 Thanks again Dr. Iyer for introducing us to the Foldscope and the community! 🙂

SOIL!
SOIL!

 

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Vaish says:

    Great post I am glad you enjoyed the workshop and hope you post more 😁 (Vaishnavi)

    1. Pranavi says:

      Thanks to you too Vaishnavi for being the coolest teacher ever! 🙂 Hope we see you again!

  2. laksiyer says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful arrangements Pranavi. We had the time of our lives interacting with the kids and instructors at AIF. I hope you can continue on a sustained program that we spoke about and I hope you can post most observations of the instructors and kids on microcosmos. The campus is so full of life that just a survey of life-forms below 1 mm in size would be a great venture for the kids and instructors. BTW, I just loved your gooseneck desk lamps. Could you share the brand of the same? I might consider getting one for myself.

    1. Pranavi says:

      The pleasure was all ours Laks! We’re definitely going to keep the effort going on campus. Here’s the link to the lamp you asked for:
      http://www.amazon.in/Ramcent-Reading-Charge-Adjustable-Brightness/dp/B00R0G4T4U?tag=googinhydr18418-21&tag=googinkenshoo-21&ascsubtag=42240a52-f03c-c249-0357-0000739f3795

  3. Manu Prakash says:

    @Pranavi: Fantastic to see this post here. So thrilled to see this. More later.

    manu

    1. Pranavi says:

      Look forward to it Manu 🙂

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