Introducing Affordable Innovation to a World of Wonder
What is low tech science? We are in independent source of learning and sharing. Low tech is anything that can be easily applied, used, and learned from . . . and doesn't cost a fortune. This is closely akin to low tech learning and knowledge. Encouraging thought and relationship is what we are after. We want to improve the world . . . sometimes in small groups and even just one mind at a time.
Our first connection is the Foldscope. "Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, paper-based microscope that you assemble yourself. It is designed to be inexpensive, durable, and give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes. With magnification of 140X and resolution of 2 microns, Foldscope brings microscopy to new places."
World traveler Richard Dorsett saw a Ted Talk on the internet about the Foldscope, a fully functional microscope that you put together on your own using origami principles. He dreamed of being the Johnny Appleseed of Microbiology. He wanted to give away the microscope to young students to see what they could do with them. We're always looking for miracles. He sold the idea to Don Doman and he got backing from Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 to purchase one hundred of them. Richard ordered the Foldscopes and booked a trip to Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. As a fellow member and past president of the 8th Rotary Club in the world, Don Doman connected with Rotary across the Pacific. Watch the video below and see the images.
Richard set out with a backpack of one hundred Foldscopes and a sketchy plan to introduce the low-tech build-it-yourself microscope to students from five schools. There were more contacts than paid off, but more were found. After a couple of days in Laos, Richard was booked to present his first class in origami construction and use of the Foldscope in a private school. The teacher and was so impressed he contacted another school and Richard had two presentations under his belt. Richard connected with Rotary in Thailand and soon had three public schools entranced with the Foldscope.
Herea are some general comments after going through a presentation:
"Building the microscope was a blast and I was blown away by how well it worked! I hope more people will be interested in these and shared their findings and experiences." - Noah H
"These microscopes inspired me and are going to inspire young kids to have a sparked interest towards the fun of science." - Hannah B
"I was fascinated that, with simple instruction, we could create eye-opening microscopes with such simple components. This idea will surely increase curiosity in those who are willing to learn around the world!" - Riley B
You Can Help an Aspiring Young Scientist!
For $50 you can purchase one Foldscope (to be sent directly to you) and dozen Foldscopes for young scientists.
Low Tech Science introduces affordable innovation with Foldscopes. Give them a call for the latest details: 253-307-4677 or write asking for more information.
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