BIOLOGY 

Microscopy with the OpenFlexure Waterscope

Project Magnify aims to teach microscopy and biology primarily through use of a modified version of the OpenFlexure microscope. 

The 3D printed OpenFlexure microscopes, which are a novel, programmable type of microscope developed by the synthetic biology lab at Cambridge University, uses Raspberry Pi programming and an external apparatus to connect to smartphones. When amoeba, euglena, planaria, or other living cultures are stimulated by light through the Arduino, they will move, responding to the stimulus. The movement of these organisms can be controlled by a joystick through a modification that comes from the LudusScope, another affordable microscope created by Stanford University, that overlays the microscopic view of the slide onto the screen, creating an interactive surface which students can use to learn about microscopy.

Our team at Project Magnify is currently assembling several OpenFlexure microscopes, and we plan to use these as our main conduit for biology education, in addition to lectures or presentations. Another project, called Backyard Brains, aims to create a mechanical simulation of a human nervous system, and will also be used to teach biology lessons.

Information about the OpenFlexure Microscope can be found here: 

3D-printed microscope

More on the LudusScope: 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0162602