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  • Summary:

    • Shadows are caused by objects that block the path of light,
    • Some objects only block some light, letting you see them in a microscope,
    • Use your Foldscope Mini to explore shadows and microscopy and share what you discover on the Microcosmos!!
  • Did you get a Foldscope as a gift? Now that the excitement of such a great present has turned into curiosity, are you wondering how to begin your microscopy journey? Then this blog is for you! Read on to get some tips on how to get the most out of your Foldscope experience!
  • Recently I was enjoying a slice of birthday cake and I decided to sacrifice a small bit for microscopic study. And, yes, the sacrifice was completely worth it!
    • When science is presented as a mystery to be solved, student engagement increases.
    • When students create content, their understanding deepens.
    • Use your Foldscope to create your own mystery photos and share them on the Microcosmos!!
  • This is such an exciting time for Foldscope users! MicroRealms Explorer Cards are a brand new product that I am having so much fun with - and I think that you will, too! These cards provide a whole new way to think about and use prepared slides.
  • Summary:

    • Owl pellets contain the indigestible bones, fur, and exoskeletons of their prey,
    • Owl pellets provide information about the owls that live in an area,
    • Scientists can reconstruct the skeletons of the owl’s prey from what they find in owl pellets,
    • Use your Foldscope 2.0 to take owl pellet dissections to another level and share your pictures and videos on the Microcosmos!
  • The ability to discover the microscopic world around you has become more accessible than ever. Read on to learn what makes the Foldscope Mini the perfect microscope for explorers of all ages!
  • Recently I noticed a lot of mushrooms growing around my neighborhood. There were several clusters of them on the ground and they seemed to pop up overnight. Of course this inspired me to take  a closer look at these mushrooms under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • It is that time of year when my cucumber harvest is in full swing! There are so many cucumbers ripening at the same time that I can’t eat all of them before they go bad. To prevent the excess from going to waste, I rely on pickling to preserve my cucumbers. This got me wondering, is it possible to see the effects of pickling under a Foldscope? Read on to find out!
  • Summary:

    • Evaporation is the process of a liquid turning into a gas,
    • As water evaporates, any salt dissolved in the water will crystalize and fall out of solution,
    • Share your observations of what water evaporation revealed with your explorations!
  • On a recent outing, I came across a fully intact and newly shed snake skin. So, of course, I did what anyone would do - I took it home to study it under my Foldscope!
  • Foldscope Explores… Mosquito Larva!!

    I found an old watering can in my garden. I looked inside and saw that it was filled with water, green algae, and tiny swimming organisms. Sadly, they turned out to be mosquito larvae. But, before I emptied the can, I put them under myFoldscope for a closer look!