Testimonials: Foldscope Presentation
at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
In February, Richard Dorsett of Low Tech Science and Ken Ta of Foldscopes presented the Foldscope mini-microscope to two groups of Washington State Teachers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle. The Gates Foundation purchased the Foldscopes. The Foldscope was the result of a Gates Foundation grant to create an inexpensive method of identifying malaria in remote areas around the world.
These comments were gleaned from the comment sheets turned in by the morning class and the Discovery Center about the presentation. During this session there were three vocal comments: one teacher thought that the Foldscope was beyond building by a first grader. Another teacher countered and thought that this made it a great opportunity for older students to mentor and share. The last comment liked the Foldscope because it presented opportunities in the field without worrying about damage to expensive equipment.
What will you do new or differently in the classroom as a result of this workshop?
Encourage kids to solve more real world problems. Contact colleagues to see if we can order Foldscopes . . . it will be a great tool to bring into a informal learning, family based program. I teach a micro-organisms science unit (with microscopes). I'd love to introduce Foldscope to my class. Show cool innovation & creativity. Introduce Foldscopes. Capture images. Use the Foldscopes Discuss this ans example of engineering with constaints - posibly get a few for classroom exploration I teach 5th grade where we learn about atoms an molecules. This would be a great addition to our Physical Science Unit. I would like to make use of the cell phone camera projection. More use of microscopes Consider Foldscopes for classroom use I would love to get a class set of the Foldscopes to bring outside my classroom Add more time to explore - Foldscopes We don't have access to microscopes - this will open up a whole new world! I would love to use the Foldscope to show students many things!
What was best about this workshop?
Seeing and working with foldscopes! Accessibility - This drops the income barrier in STEAM & you don't have to worry about taking them into the field. The accessibility of the Foldscope to bring science in a powerful and economic way. Building the Foldscopes & having time to explore. Building the microscope! Such a cool, innovative technology. Love sharing these types of engineering advancements with students. It shows that they cand find real world issues & solve them using science - yah! Learning about the foldscopes . . . Getting a Foldscope to take home / take into class I loved th Foldscope . . . very simple & cool. Into to Foldscopes, how they can give thrill of discovery to students not necessarily able to afford the tecnology (schools) I loved the handson building of Foldscopes. The presentations were engaging and informative. The hands on & discovery. The Foldscope is amazing! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Innovation - pretty incredible paper microscope. Building the Foldscope and using it was very impowering. I loved that is was hands-on!!
What could have been improved? What other feedback do you have?
Zero - Fantastic! Wonderful opportunity - Thank You! None! Great! Nothing, great work! So great. Loved this. More on using Foldscopes, especially with younger grades (K-1) Directions were a bit too slow a pace The directions would be enhanced through the use of a document camera to watch projections of the intricate assembly. More time devoted to how to use the Foldscopes in lessons - Examples / Modeling of how to integrate the Foldscopes This was great! Having a Youtube tutorial we could pull up to put together the scope would have helped, I was really hard to see & understand his process. It was woderful to have first hand experience with the Foldscope in the field as well as from the manufacturer. No improvments! Greatly enjoyed it! (Smiley Face)
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