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Community Microscope Kit


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Using simple materials, we’ve developed a microscope kit you can build yourself - the result of many teams’ work coming together!



Introducing the Community Microscope

Explore the invisible microscopic world around you with an affordable microscope kit you construct yourself!

When you get a kit, please use the hashtags #communitymicroscope and #communityscience to post your unboxing and build photos -- and tag us with @PublicLab on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 17 days ago
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie 17 days ago
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie 17 days ago
Which objectives do you use? @aquiles New Contributor 17 days ago
What types of slides would be good for working with the basic microscope? @stevie 7 months ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren 8 months ago

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Assembly

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Community Microscope Assembly Instructions - - @bronwen - - 0 replications: Try it »
Microscope Webcam Conversion - - @bronwen - - 0 replications: Try it »

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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.


Using your microscope

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Raspberry PI NoIR close-up Imaging - - @MaggPi - - 0 replications: Try it »
6. Looking at Dust (and other things) - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Infrared Insect Microscopy - - @MaggPi - - 0 replications: Try it »
Microscope calibration overlays… What’s the best approach? - - @MaggPi - - 0 replications: Try it »
5. Testing and Calibrating Your Microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
4. Lighting Your Sample - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »

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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.


Challenges

Title Author Updated Likes
Can the Community Microscope analyze ocean microplastics? @jiteovien 8 days ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 6 months ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren 9 months ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke 11 months ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke 11 months ago
Are there any methods to distinguish where particulate matter in the air comes from? @stevie over 1 year ago

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Prototyping

Ongoing work on the design of the Community Microscope Kit can be found here:

Title Author Updated Likes
Microscope calibration overlays… What’s the best approach? @MaggPi 17 days ago
Integrating User instructions into the Community Microscope build materials @jiteovien about 1 month ago
USB Webcam vs Raspberry Pi V2 Field of View (FOV) comparison / Community microscope initial evaluation #2 @MaggPi 2 months ago
Community Microscope Initial Evaluation @MaggPi 3 months ago


Media

final.png IMG_20180510_190544_862.jpg IMG_20180516_093247_808.jpg nice.jpg microscope-drawing.jpeg cards.jpg sketch.jpg tiny2.gif card.jpg three.jpg sketches-bw.jpg workspace-green.jpg flow3.gif


Want to remix your own? Here's a link to a shared document where you can compose your own images for sharing:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sNET-Ifnu95n1X6SoYAAWH0B-9l5Md8bgH-2Dg4b7eQ/edit#slide=id.g37c06b9e15_2_15

Please use the hashtags #communitymicroscope and #communityscience -- and tag us with @PublicLab on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Also see this larger collection of images in Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gyznzckh53u0255/AAAY5iuo3LyWFUmELugGQNR0a?dl=0