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  • One morning, I noticed a group of what looked like tiny dots on the side of my house. Because insects tend to congregate there when the porch light gets turned on at night, I thought maybe they were insect eggs of some sort. Well, you know me, I just had to take a closer look at them under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • Summary:

    • There are two types of sunscreen: chemical and physical,
    • It is possible to tell them apart with a Foldscope (creating some beautiful images in the process!),
    • Use your Foldscope to observe sunscreen on a microscopic level and share your discoveries on the Microcosmos!!
  • Summary:

    • UN Biodiversity Day is a global celebration promoting the importance of protecting biological diversity,
    • “Be Part of the Plan” is the theme for 2024,
    • Use your Foldscope to document microbial biodiversity in your area and share it on the Microcosmos!
  • Summary:

    • Histochemistry is the science of using stains to study structures and processes at the cellular level,
    • The stain colors also add visual interest to the microscopic images,
    • You can use your Foldscope to view prepared slides, create your own stained slides, and share your results on the Microcosmos!!
  • Summary:

    • Plants grow leaves in the spring and begin the process of photosynthesis,
    • Close observation can reveal the slight differences between the shapes and colors in plant cells,
    • Use your Foldscope to collect data about the shape and color of a variety of plant cells and share it on the Microcosmos!!
  • Summary:

    • Dr. Marie Clark Taylor, an African American botanist was the first woman of any race to get an advanced scientific degree from Fordham University,
    • Taylor encouraged the use of microscopes and real biological samples in schools to improve science education,
    • Use your Foldscope to observe botany in action and share what you discover on the Microcosmos!!
  • 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!!
    • 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!!
  • 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!
  • Summary:

    • Polarized light only vibrates in one direction,
    • Some materials are birefringent causing color patterns that can be seen with polarized light 
    • Use your Foldscope to record this phenomena and share it on the Microcosmos!!
  • 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!
  • Summary:

    • Bubbles are only spherical when there are no unbalanced forces acting on their surface
    • Bubbles can get quite large because bubble solution lowers the surface tension of water
    • Share your observations of bubbles with others to show what you learned!