Following up on our story from earlier this week about new microscopes that cost less than a dollar to produce, the research team behind the project is now offering free microscopes to citizen-scientists around the world that send in short proposals of what they’re planning to do with them. Offering sub-micron resolution in a package weighing less than ten grams, these microscopes can be boldly taken where no microscope has been before.
The goal is to get 10,000 citizen-scientists to test the microscopes in a variety of settings and to create a “biology/microscopy field manual” using the data gathered by the volunteers.
From the project page:
With support from Moore Foundation, we are currently starting a large scale experiment in hands-on science education called “Ten Thousand Microscope Project.” We intend to enlist 10,000 individuals who would be willing to beta-test Foldscope over the summer and develop single page science experiments, protocols, queries, questions, applications based on using Foldscope in a specific community. We aim to collectively write a crowd-sourced biology microscopy manual with examples collected from scientists, teachers, tinkerers, thinkers, hackers, kids and alike.
(hat tip: Scope Blog)