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  • It is November and where I live, we are in the midst of fall. Leaves are changing colors and the ground is getting covered in a blanket of leaves and acorns. I have always enjoyed looking at leaves in my Foldscope, and this year was no exception! My Foldscope Mini provided some gorgeous views of the color changing process. And for an added twist, I decided to also take a look at the acorns. Read on to learn how I used reflective lighting on my Foldscope 2.0 to get microscopic views of acorns!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • What amazing things did I discover when I found a centipede, dissected it, and put it under myFoldscope? Read on to see how beautiful and amazing the microscopic view of a centipede can be!
  • Summary:

    • Seeds are composed of only three parts: seed coat, embryo, and food source.
    • The intricate beauty of seeds can be seen in microscopic images.
    • Share your observations of seeds with others to show what you learned!
  • Summary:

    • Dust is a combination of pollen, dirt, insect parts, hair, dust mites, and skin cells.
    • Microscopic organisms like bacteria, mold, and fungi are all around us - even though we can’t see them.
    • A Foldscope and a petri dish can help you to see the dust and microorganisms that live all around us.
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Summary:

    • Vascular plants distribute water and food internally via specialized structures.
    • Xylem moves water up from the roots to the leaves.
    • Phloem moves food up and down to where it is needed.
    • You can see these structures using your Foldscope! Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Summary:

    • Ladybugs are not all female.
    • Ladybugs are not bugs.
    • Microscopic studies can reveal connections between the structure and function of the different parts of the ladybug.
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Foldscope Explores... Vital Stains (Part 2) looks at how vital stains help scientists to better see and study the insides of cells.
  • Summary:

    • The colors of fall leaves are inside the leaves all year round.
    • Observations of color gradation is a way to incorporate the elements of art into your science lesson.
    • Studying the process of color change in leaves will improve understanding of the life cycle of trees.
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!