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  • It is March and all around me plants are starting to emerge from the ground after the cold winter season. It is also the month for St. Patrick’s Day and four leaf clovers! All of these things make me think of the color green and how we can learn more about it under aFoldscope. Let’s take a closer look at what makes something green!
  • This Foldscope Explores... blog covers three microscopy techniques that can take your Foldscope explorations to a whole new level. Expand your skills so you can discover even more of the microscopic world.
  • 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.
  • Vital stains are valuable not only for their role in histology, but also for their inherent natural beauty. So let’s learn what they are, who first used them in histology, and what they look like under aFoldscope.
  • Summary:

    • The microscopic properties of soil can help you to understand the macroscopic properties of soil and how it is used.
    • Making connections between a natural resource and its cultural significance can deepen your understanding and appreciation of the resource.
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Learn about opaque, translucent, and transparent materials and how these differences affect what we see under the Foldscope!
  • Foldscope Explores... Spaghetti is here to help you celebrate National Spaghetti Day on January 4th! Fix up a plate of your favorite pasta, grab your Foldscope, and explore with me!
    • Students need opportunities to use scientific tools and equipment
    • Using a fun thing like candy can make taking scientific measurements an enjoyable experience
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • Foldscope Explores... Tea Leaves is all about the macroscopic and microscopic beauty of tea leaves. Grab a mug of your favorite tea and your Foldscope and explore with me!
  • Holly trees are commonly used as symbols of the winter season. This blog takes a close up look at the leaves, berries, and bark of the holly tree.
  • This blog is all about crystals! Crystal formation from a supersaturated solution is an example of a physical change - and a microscope can let you watch the phenomenon of crystal formation in real time! Understanding the crystal structure of materials can help us create anything from medicine to art!