Student field notes & slides


Our first scientist took home a Foldscope over the weekend. He did a great job recording his thought process and observations while exploring the microscopic world.

Class started today with him reporting his findings and sharing the slides he made with his fellow scientists.

We also took a video of the ant he found in the garbage on his way into class. In the video we are discussing what we are looking at and trying to figure out why it looks like the ant has three eyes.

After looking more closely I think there are only two eyes, but I’m not sure. The third “spot” may be a smudge on the (tape) cover slip, or possibly something else?

I’m going to share with the students tomorrow the anatomy of an ant and the Ocelli, three simple simple eyes that detect light, that some ants have. We studied eyes earlier this year, so this fits in nicely. ASU School of Life Sciences has a great site ( that includes information on ant anatomy & vision.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    These are clearest note-taking I have seen on foldscope website. This is exactly how we keep track of what we are doing in the lab. Thanks for sharing your wonderful notes; it will give a lot of teachers and students around the world ideas on how to maintain samples and notes.

    The video was private; would you please make it public. Can’t wait to see it.

    Wonderful work. My favoriate is “I was coming to school – and I just picked an ant”.. Story.


  2. laksiyer says:

    Impressive. The first steps are always most memorable and their impressions last a life time.

  3. Manu Prakash says:

    Love the comment about the mutant. That is indeed a memorable video.


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