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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!
  • Have you ever looked at an object under a microscope and thought to yourself, “Hey, that reminds me of …?” This type of thing happens a lot to me when I look at samples with my Foldscope 2.0! And this is a great skill to have as a scientist!
  • Ever wonder which flowers in your garden the bees are visiting? Did you know that you can find out with your Foldscope? I found a dead bee on the ground and took a closer look at it under my Foldscope 2.0! Read on to find out what I saw!
  • 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!!
  • 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!