For over 7 years our organization has been bringing science and environmental education to remote communities in Panama. Where many schools have little or no access to modern scientific equipment or knowledge we fill in the gaps with practical experience and scientific equipment. Our goal is to influence and encourage Panama's future scientific minds.
In communities that have little or no infrastructure the idea of a microscope lab in school is unheard of. The world of microbiology only a myth. The lack of electricity alone with the harsh tropical environment and the expense of the equipment has made this largely an impossible feat to attain UNTIL NOW!
Foldscopes are an oragami microscope made of water resistant paper that can magnify up to x144. The total cost of one microscope is about $1 to manufacture and roughly $5 delivered to us here in Panamá.
Utilizing micropscopy and the microcosmos our education team teaches students the basic tenents of science, the "scientific method", design a mini science experiment and present results. This is geared to encourage curiosity and experience in the sciences.
Our Foldscope program to date has visited more than 20 schools and given away more than 1000 Foldscopes to students and teachers!