Foldscopes at the Cape Town Science Centre (South Africa)

Last week I had an amazing opportunity to introduce learners from a  local school to Foldcsopes as part of a mini science forum organised by the Department of Science and Technology at the Cape Town Science Centre. I was one of the academics at the University of Cape Town’s exhibition table. Everyone, from the school kids to the director of the Science Centre was blown away by the Foldscopes!

       

We assembled Foldscopes together and the leaners had the opportunity to explore the microscopic world for the first time! I had several glass and paper slides prepared for the day, including a dissected Christmas Beetle and a drain fly.  I was really excited to give three girls from the school the chance to assemble and take home their very own Foldscopes.

 

The Foldscope images above show the hairs on the leading edge of the Christmas beetle wing and an antenna from the drain fly.

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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    @Dorit,

    Beautiful work – absolutely love the impression on kids faces when they first use the tool. Thanks a million for sharing this – it inspires many more to take the time out of a busy schedule and remember that we owe it to our own mentors to pass the torch of science forward.

    Also: need to send you new foldscope v2.0.. lots of advance features.

    Cheers
    Manu

    1. dorithockman says:

      Thanks, Manu! It was a such a great day and its even better to get to share the experience with the Foldscope community. I’ve already ordered some of the new Foldscopes through the kickstarter campaign. I’ll definitely organise another workshop at the Cape Town Science centre with this new batch when I get them.

      be well
      Dorit

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Dorit,
    I have been planning on engaging in several countries at a national level. Would you have any leads on who are the right people to engage on national science strategy – to see what it takes to introduce the tool at a country wide level. We have such a parternship in India; and another in the works in Madagascar. South Africa – with such a strong science infrastructure would be an obvious place. The goal would be is to enable/engage a national agenda; driven, run and owned by local partners – and we hold support them on whatever help they need.

    Cheers
    Manu

    1. dorithockman says:

      Manu,
      It would be amazing if you could do this! I will look into who is the best person to get in touch with and get back to you. I’ll start with the Schools Development Unit here at the University of Cape Town.

      be well
      Dorit

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