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Microcosmos explorers: foldscope workshop for science outreach in Mexican schools
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology. Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden; Centre for Palaeogenetics, Sweden; Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1364-9135
Number of Authors: 12023 (English)In: Biology Methods & Protocols, E-ISSN 2396-8923, Vol. 8, no 1, article id bpad035Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Foldscopes are ultra-low-cost paper microscopes invented by Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski at Stanford University. They are about as light as a pencil and waterproof, all whilst offering similar optic quality to traditional microscopes. Foldscopes do not require electricity or glass slides to be used, which increases the possibilities of their use in education and outreach activities with children or people with disabilities. In 2019, thanks to a material grant of 100 foldscopes from One World Science and additional purchased foldscopes, I designed and implemented a science workshop called Exploradores del Microcosmos, or Explorers of Microcosmos in English. The aim of the workshop was to help make microscopy more accessible, in particular at underfunded schools, and stimulate active learning about ecosystems and evolution in the participants. Within this article, I describe the workshop and relay my personal insights and reflections on its execution across multiple schools and groups in Mexico.

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2023. Vol. 8, no 1, article id bpad035
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Foldscope, science outreach, microscopy, frugal science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-225736DOI: 10.1093/biomethods/bpad035ISI: 001127404300001PubMedID: 38169828Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85181104828OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-225736DiVA, id: diva2:1831011
Available from: 2024-01-24 Created: 2024-01-24 Last updated: 2024-01-24Bibliographically approved

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