Foldoscope

Foldoscope

Foldoscope

  • March 13, 2018

It was amazing to see Foldoscope, a microscope with 140 times magnification and around 2 micron resolution.

It was amazing to see Foldoscope, a microscope with 140 times magnification and around 2 micron resolution.

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Foldoscope: a cost effective tool for developing world

foldoscope

I was amazed to see Foldoscope, a microscope with 140 times magnification and around 2 micron resolution. Being a clinical microbiologist, familiar with laboratory microscopes, I was astonished by this flat paper microscope’s power. I quickly realized its potential for the school students to explore microscopic world.

 

I demonstrated the Foldoscope during science exhibition at the Himalayan Boarding School, Pokhara in February 2018. A brilliant student, Anita Poudel, assisted me in demonstration. Students, teachers, guardians and other invited guests enjoyed watching objects which they had never seen before. We demonstrated tiny parasites, colorful cellular structures, hair, dust particles and many common invisible objects. Even the students from nearby engineering college showed keen interest. All were curious to know the principles and methods of use of Foldoscope. In developing countries like ours, a single microscope is often shared by many students and many schools do not have microscopes. Foldoscope can fill this void and offer opportunity to the students to explore microscopic world at lowest possible cost.

 

I could introduce an efficient, cost effective and robust tool to people, which can be used in teaching programs and arousing curiosity about tiny creatures in daily life. I would like to thank the Himalayan Boarding School, school teachers, Dr. Shishir Gokhale and Anita Poudel for supporting and helping in demonstration of Foldoscpe.

 

Dr Deependra Hamal, Lecturer, Dept of Microbiology, MCOMS