Unfolding Foldscope for the First Time

The current pandemic may have restricted the movement of youngsters but it cannot hold off their passion to learn.

Upon discovering Foldscope online, we got a basic kit for these budding, young citizen scientists who gamely assisted in setting it up.

It’s a wide stretch of learning and discovery path for them as they try to explore the world – or worlds – of the small.

For now, they were able to see a greenish fragment inside a pumice from the Pinatubo Volcano which erupted here in the Philippines in 1991.

A sample red ant was also used to look into the anatomy of one from the family Formicidae.

Then a human hair they have never seen up close like that before.

We consider this a part of the starting activities for a citizen science team we hope to grow and nurture here in our city. And in one look, we already knew that Foldscope is an instrument that can definitely win the hearts and passion of the young.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Welcome to the foldscope community Fmemralino. It is so wonderful to see passionate kids exploring the microscopic world.

    It is remarkable to see a sample from a Volcano – this is probably the first for the Foldscope community. Please do share pictures of the macroscopic samples and also surroundings where samples are being collected.

    Thrilled to have you hear – and thanks for sharing your passion of science with the community.

    Keep exploring

    1. FMEmralino says:

      Thank you, Manu. Will surely keep these kids looking through the scope while the city is in quarantine.

      We obtained the pumice sample from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology here in the Philippines, the equivalent of USGS.

      I plan to have three distinct posts regarding samples to be seen through Foldscopes 1) botany-related, 2) zoology-related, and 3) geology-related ones. We hope to meet like-minded individuals or groups through sharing images here in Microcosmos.

      Lastly, when the pandemic is over and given the potential of this to be a mainstay educational instrument here in our country, we hope to invite you here – if time and resources permit – in our school system for talks and related activities.

      Again, thank you.

Leave a Reply