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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!

Workshops

Use this link to view through your microscope

Flyers for the events

On Thursday, February 14th, IMVEC will de doing a 2 hour workshop to build microscopes in collaboration with the WETlab of Hangar in Barcelona. More information here

Events

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Taller de microscopio DIY en Barcelona

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Community microscope workshop Barcelona

by imvec about 1 month ago | 2 | 82 | 0

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NYC Microscope Workshop, 12/15 at Fat Cat Fab Lab

by Bronwen about 1 month ago | 0 | 99 | 3



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
Is there a step by step to building the super pi Microscope kit @Hightower77 about 2 months ago
How can you calculate microscope magnification with just a calibration slide? @Bronwen 3 months ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 6 months ago
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie 6 months ago
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie 6 months ago
Which objectives do you use? @aquiles 6 months ago
What types of slides would be good for working with the basic microscope? @stevie 12 months ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren about 1 year ago

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Assembly

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Microscope Webcam Conversion

by Bronwen 8 months ago | 10 | 720 | 1

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Assembling the Raspberry Pi Microscope

by Bronwen about 2 months ago | 6 | 152 | 2

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Make stages for the Community Microscope Kit

by imvec 2 months ago | 4 | 221 | 2

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Community Microscope Assembly Instructions

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4. Lighting Your Sample

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You can also find lasercut and 3d printing files for the kit here: https://github.com/publiclab/community-microscope


Using your microscope

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Challenges

Title Author Updated Likes
Can the Community Microscope analyze ocean microplastics? @jiteovien 5 months ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 11 months ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren about 1 year ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 1 year ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 1 year 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
Integrating User instructions into the Community Microscope build materials @jiteovien 3 months ago
Microscope calibration overlays… What’s the best approach? @MaggPi 6 months ago
USB Webcam vs Raspberry Pi V2 Field of View (FOV) comparison / Community microscope initial evaluation #2 @MaggPi 7 months ago
Community Microscope Initial Evaluation @MaggPi 8 months ago


Media

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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

Some Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d1RxsTY8R5kF6d1J9


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