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the paper microscope

Foldscope is known as the paper microscope.

It was designed to be portable and durable, while performing on par with conventional research microscopes (140X magnification and 2 micron resolution). 


Foldscope gives students the opportunity to magnify curiosity. Students may use the kits to collect samples, prepare slides, explore advanced microscopy techniques and more! 


Discover stories surrounding Foldscope's history, philosophy and future at

Partners: Foldscope Instruments and Standford University

Ector County ISD Sponsors: Education Foundation and Chevron

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introduction to foldscope: microscopy for everyone

how to prepare and insert glass slides

sharing discoveries

ECISD students share what they will do with their foldscope

how to prepare and insert paper slides


how to assemble the Foldscope

viewing samples


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