This is a repost for my summer course with teacher education students. I’ve been playing along asking them (and myself) to be makers, recognizing there will never be exactly what they want in the classroom. So far my favorites ‘maker projects’ by my students are a jello mold of a cell and a very cool altoids box mod into a heater.

Here’s my maker effort at reproducing a mobile phone microscope:

So the parts to build the 350x microscope haven’t shown up yet, but the extremely inexpensive ($3) magnifying loop showed up. I like many a maker following the best instructions, ran into trouble. But that’s what makes the ‘thingy’ yours, not perfect but wholly mine.

I did achieve my first microscopic animated GIF of a candle flame. But I almost melted the microscope in the process.