The very first trip was to IISc’s Open Day in 2017. Students of 10th grade were really thrilled to see how a real-life microscope worked. They were fascinated with how different experiments were conducted and the real-time results. It was overall, a great first trip out for them and our volunteers!
For example, to make a simple hand-held microscope to study veins in leaves, ISPF’s kit provides a glass bead and ice cream stick. The glass bead when wedged into a hole made in the stick, becomes a simple lens to observe smaller objects. The smaller the glass bead, the better the resolution of smaller objects. This writer was fortunate and thrilled to see the brick like cells in an onion peel when being trained on this experimental set-up.