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  • I have seen a lot of red foods lately and I took that as a sign that I should put them under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what the color red looks like on a microscopic level!
  • 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!!
  • Summary:

    • When students create content, their understanding deepens.
    • Use your Foldscope to create your own worksheets and share them on the Microcosmos!!
  • 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!
  • Here at my home we are beginning to decorate our house for Halloween. For my family that means - spiderwebs!! This made me wonder what fake spiderwebs look like compared to real spiderwebs on the microscopic scale.Read on to find out what I saw!
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • I decided to take a look at an umbrella under my Foldscope 2.0! And it was easy to do. I just clamped my Foldscope 2.0 onto the umbrella canopy - no slide prep required!
  • My daughter was cleaning out her room and found a sea sponge that she had gotten on a trip to the beach many years ago. She kindly gave it to me so that I could take a closer look at it under myFoldscope 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!