Is it Magic? De-mystifying the Foldscope

Recently in a workshop we probed into students’ curiosity related with their experiences with Foldscopes. One particular question, asked by a student of Grade 9, sparked a lively discussion in the workshop. The question was simple yet striking: “Is there any magic in the Foldscope?“, the student asked. She was perhaps curious to know how…

Curiosity and the Foldscope

Our Foldscope journey with the TSWREIS schools began in October 2017, with the ‘Atoms to Amoeba’ workshop at TIFR Hyderabad. Over the next few months we (i.e. several students and volunteers working with TIFR Hyderabad’s Science Education and Outreach program) followed up in three schools and ourselves messed around with the old Foldscopes. In mid 2018, with…

Stomata of Spider Lily

We can observe the dumbbell shaped cells surrounding the stomata in the monocot plant - Spider Lily ( Lycoris radiata )

Synthetic fibers

A closer look at a nylon ribbon shows the systematic layout of two fibers in one row and only one in the other

House of Rhizopus

Observation of the structure of the commonly found rhizopus, also known as bread mould.

Foldscopes on the go! A follow-up workshop for TSWREIS teachers

Following our earlier two day workshop in June, teachers in 10 residential schools of three districts of Telangana introduced foldscopes into their Grade 8 and 9 classrooms. We kept in touch with them, some long-distance and the nearby ones in weekend visits. There were a few unexpected starting hiccups, that we shared in the last…

Stomatal openings in different conditions

Rheo leaf in tap water. In this picture the stomatos are all open and we can see them very clear.                                      Stomata in tap water

Pollen grains in Hibiscus

This slide was prepared by VIII Class students  (Sneha and   Rakshitha)under the guidance of Archana ma’am-Dharmaram.    

Cells in onion peel

Onion peel cells are seen with an opaque nucleus, cell walls are seen, prepared by VIII class students  – Swathi – Mulugu.

Permanent slide of Skeletal Cells

The different parts of the Foldscope was put together to have the final assembly at the Foldscope workshop at TSWREIS Gowliddodi on 11th August,18.

Stomata of Rheo leaf immersed in salt and sugar solutions.

Stomata of Rheo leaf immersed in salt solution and in sugar solution. Picture by Jayasri, Mercy (8 class), Haritha (TGT-Biology), Sharada(JL-Zoology) and Vijaya Bharathi(JL-Botany) from Telangana social welfare residential school (TSWRS) Narsingi.

Stomata of different plant leaves

We the students of class 9 A and B from Gowlidoddi school [TSWREIS]   were interested to observe the epidermal peels of different plant leaves to visualize stomata and here are our observations. 9th A and B students: Balajyothi, Tejashwini,Akansha, Ankita,Chandana, Shivani, Srivani, Anusha,Geeta, Abigna, Princy,Srija, Shireesha Under theguidance of Veronica Ma’am

Onion Cells

These slides were prepared by 9th B students :Vani, Mounika From: Gowlidoddi girls school

Zooplankton in a water puddle

It was a foot-deep puddle near the boundary of our large housing complex. For months no-one gave it a second look — till its wealth of gliding, writhing animal life was revealed by our foldscopes. Only then we found out that the water in this permanent puddle came from a rusty, leaking one-inch metal pipe…

Moss in rainwater

After a few monsoon showers, the water in the large rainwater pool looked quite clear, showing no obvious sign of life, even under the foldscope. But standing in a bottle over 18 days, it got steadily cloudier. Our first surprise came when, at the foldscope workshop, teachers from TSWREIS Chilkur school put a drop of…

A small step – Foldscopes reach teachers

The lesson for June may be patience. As hundreds of newly recruited teachers get counselled, assigned schools and trained; and hundreds more working teachers anticipate their transfer orders to new schools, bright and creative minds mill around, waiting. This week, just days after they joined school, we held a workshop to introduce foldscopes to teachers…

Check your cheek cells

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018   Deep down in the center of cheek  cells, the ‘wise’ nucleus appeared through the  foldscope, to give a surprise visit for the viewers. The cells are irregular in shape and have the nucleus at the center. K. T. Veronica, TSWREIS Gowlidoddi These are our foldscope numbers:…

A Day in TIFR

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 Sharada Haritha Foldscope ID Numbers: 000207EAA812, 00020CD0BE1C, 000284DDDE15, 00020E40738C, 0002050BFFDF, 000246BEACDD, 00020F8783D5, 00024E2E4719, 00022A696A85, 0002236629B9, 00026F864341, 00022E951CC1, 0002068A5D50, 0002E06E7868, 00024A310B26, 000275D93994, 00022A6964FC, 0002110CFC29, 000227DB1712, 00022656B03D, 0002976B2C1C, 00026E3A1B01.

Observation of stomata in Little hogweed (Portulaca oleracea)

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad,June 19-20, 2018 We observed the Portulaca leaf which is a dicot, leaf arrangment is alternate We observed guard cells. In this plant the stomata are paracytic in nature i.e. stomata have subsidiary cells parallel to the opening between the guard cells. Archana, Geetha Kumari, Rajeswari, TSWREIS  Dharmaram B. Our Foldscope Id…

Onion peel of outer epidermis and inner epidermis

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad, June 19-20, 2018 A. Durga & V. Sravanthi, TSWREIS Mahindra Hills 0002DE92B795 00020F209C88 0002DF026902 00022E8ABF01 000201CCBBC8 000204F47A4B 00020B0650D4 00025561AFF9 0002E19FEA1B 000225B842D9 000225702339 0002DF2D32BA 0002DCD02445 0002C13B3BFB 00021287227D 00022CA412EC 00020A884D000FC 000206FA4F17 000212F487B4 0002E0CD4D82 0002C1A2551F 00029C1B6A13

Algae in pond water

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018   Thin strands of filamentous algae are seen in the above picture. Live diatoms and micro arthropods are seen moving actively around  the algae (may be in search of food). We are not sure about the name of the algae, whether they are Ulothrix or Oedogonium. Can…

Observation of pollen grains in Hibiscus

Foldscope workshop at TIFR Hyderabad June 19-20, 2018 We observed the pollen grains of Hibiscus rosasinensis, which belongs to Malvaceae family. The pollen grains are very clear and olive yellow in colour. The surface of pollen colporate (having apertures which combine a rounded pore and a groove) having numerous round tip spines. E. Sreenivas (JL in…