Science DepartmentThe Foldscope

AN INDO US PROJECT ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY (DBT), INDIA AND PRAKASH LABS, US

Professor Manu Prakash, at Stanford University developed a $1 paper microscope called Foldscope. Last year Govt. of India invited applications where schools could submit proposals to get Foldscopes for classroom/lab use along with a grant of Rs 1 to Rs 5 lakhs for related projects. In the academic year 2017-18 the school took upon this initiative and submitted a project proposal which was selected by DBT. The Department of Biotechnology released a first tranche of Rs 3 lakhs in the month of April 2018 to be used for the same. The activities relating to assembly and use of Foldscope started in our school from July onwards after the sanction of the funds in the same month.

We plan that at the end of the project the students would be able to
  • Understand the microscopic world around them
  • Analyse the structures of the microscopic world around them
  • Think critically, work in collaboration and become sensitive about the world around them
The project is being conducted under the following heads:
INCORPORATION IN CURRICULUM:

A dedicated one hour every Saturday has been assigned so that students could come to the biology lab and explore and observe specimens of their choice using Foldscope. This included students from grade IV to XII.

WORKSHOPS:

A number of workshops were conducted to teach the teachers and students about the assembly and use of Foldscope.

Special sessions of one hour were conducted for students and teachers of other schools in collaboration with ATL (NITI AYOG) on ATL’s special days celebrations.

PROJECTS:

Projects were planned so as to cover different levels of learners.

  • Class V Insects as vectors of disease (teaching importance of hygiene)
  • Class VI Observing Salts/crystals
  • Class VII Study of plant parts
  • Class VIII Study of common insects
COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

During the Parent Teacher Meets, the parents were introduced to the Foldscope and the possibilities of its utility for the community.

Thus, our teachers and learners thoroughly enjoyed observing the little world around them in a microscopic manner and analyse structures of living and non living specimens and samples of food water and soil in the world around them.