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  • TL;DR

    • Close observation helps improve focus
    • Close observation involves all five senses
    • Close observation is interdisciplinary
    • Share your observations with others to show what you learned!
  • You’ve probably heard of STEM education, but do you know what STEM education is and why it’s important? Learn the definition and benefits of STEM education.
  • Young children are gifted with strong natural curiosity. Foster their learning with these five fun and easy microscope activities for young kids.
  • by Akshatha Nayak

    My husband's ancestral place lies in a village in Uttarakhand state of India. It lies in the Himalayas which is rich in natural resources and biodiversity, but also, is an extremely tough and vulnerable terrain at the same time. Being an ecologically sensitive area, infrastructural development takes a toll over its fragile ecosystem leading to frequent landslides and floods.
  • “Oh, cool!” or “Oh, gross!”—one way or another, you’ll get a reaction from students with these five microscope activities for science classrooms.
  • by Paola Moreno-Roman 

    Took an early flight to Clemson, South Carolina to arrive before noon. This was my second time visiting Clemson as part of the Professional Development program for Agriscience teachers organized by STEM-it Up.

  • Try a few of these easy microbiology experiments you can do at home to capitalize on your children’s curiosity and foster the budding scientist in every kid.
  • Microscopes use light and lenses to magnify images of tiny things so scientists can see and examine them. Learn the functions of microscope objective lenses.
  • Most Americans used microscopes as young students. Kids in other countries may not have had the chance. Learn why affordable microscopes have real world impact.
  • by Paola Moreno-Roman

    I woke up early to fly to South Carolina. It was my first time visiting that state. I landed at Greenville and drove to Clemson, the drive was beautiful. So green. At the hotel, I met with Melissa Leventhal, our Social Media Specialist at Foldscope who joined this trip...
  • by Paola Moreno-Roman

    We woke up early to go see the river dolphins. We saw a few females and one male. The females are more gray-ish and males are pink. It was so beautiful to see the sunrise. As we were heading back to the lodge, it started raining a little bit and we were blessed with a rainbow.

  • by Paola Moreno-Roman

    Each night, I sleep better. I think my body is starting to feel safe in this new environment. After having breakfast at the lodge, we headed to the Sucusari community. Did you know stingless bees exist? I didn’t until I joined the planning for this expedition. A few species of stingless bees live in trunks of trees in the Amazon.