Build a Microscope

Digital microscopy may seem like something that only happens in university labs, but students can build their own shadowscope using common items and a webcam. In this module, students will explore the principles that underly microscopy while virtually eliminating the economic barrier to entry.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will build a shadowscope, a type of microscope in which light focused on the subject casts a shadow onto a camera lens.
  • Students will take images and videos of microorganisms using their new shadowscopes.