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About the DIY Project

A great Indian scientist Dr. Manu Prakash has designed a beautiful and magical device called foldscope. Foldscope is a small microscope made of a paper and building it is as simple as building a paper plane.

In this project you will grab a foldscope in your hand and go for a nature walk taking photos of plants cells, scales on butterfly wings, beauty of water droplets, and whatever you are curious about the nature around you.

You will be developing your own micro nature album and we will feature your photos to world through our vast network of curious folks. You will also see work of other curious people like you and would get a chance to meet with each other on our digital collaboration platform.

Concepts Covered
Microscopy Origami Visual Information Processing Light Morphology of Plants Morphology of Animals
Target Skills
Creative Thinking Social Skills Socio-emotional skills Media Literacy Information Literacy
Quality Education Life on Land Life under Water
Foldscope Camera (Preferably of a Smartphone)
What you get

With this DIY, you will get a foldscope of your own, packed inside a bag with other essential tools. You will also get credentials to your Makershala DIY project along with Makershala App instructions, building guides, and worksheets that would help you in building your own Micro Nature album and share it with world.

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Learner Reviews
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Pulkit Mehra
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!
Shailendra Sharma
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!
Mohak Gupta
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Andrew Price
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!


The child will build a "micro-world photo album" containing photos of microorganisms they will take using the foldscope.
Kit contains a foldscope, instructional guides, and amazing templates to facilitate child in building a micro-world photo album.
The project is suitable for children of age 7 and above.
A child will be able to develop first page of their album in 5 to 6 hours. However, the child can add his or her creation in the album for lifetime. Therefore, its upon child’s curiousity about micro-world that may make this project last-longing for the him or her.


About Makershala

Makershala is a Learning by Making ecosystem for kids from age 8-16 to help them discover their interests, develop future skills and deepen conceptual understanding. Makershala follows the Project Based Learning approach as its way of teaching in which kids work on authentic, real life & personally meaningful projects.

Kids work on these projects in different educational settings, namely; self-learning; online 1:4 Peer to Peer with a mentor; or in a school. Projects are categorized in different interest segments like Robotics, Coding, Electronics, 3D Printing, Animations, Photography, Machine Learning, Astronomy and many more.

Each project is mapped with classroom concepts, 21st century skills, UN sustainable development goals and interests/careers to not only focus on holistic development of a child but help them identify their calling by giving them exposure to problems that exist in the real world.

Why Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning has the potential to solve many of the learning problems we see today beyond foundational literacy.

  • Ownership: Learners have complete ownership on what they need to know to solve a problem and come up with the best solution in the best way. It can be a concept or a software tool or a skill. Kids involved in projects are never required to be told to study.

  • Interdisciplinary: Unlike traditional learning where subjects are taught in silos and learners develop a perception of liking or disliking a subject. In project based learning, the given problem is supreme and it may require to know something from maths, science and history together.

  • Experiential learning: We generally retain 75% of what we do as opposed to only 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read, hence PBL helps kids retain what they learn.

  • Lifelong learning: The most important gift that PBL gives to its learners is to make them lifelong learners as this is the most required skill to lead a good life, personally & professionally.

  • Skills & Knowledge balance: Project-based learning doesn’t focus too much on memorizing information, rather it equally demands practising life skills to be able to do better in projects.

How Makershala Works

  • Parents and Kids who wish to start their journey with Makershala, are suggested to pick one interest area of the child and then choose a plan.

  • Parents and Kids after enrolling in a course based on their interest are assigned a batch. Each batch has 3-4 learners and 1 mentor.

  • Each course has 6 guided projects and 1 challenge project.

  • During the project, formative assessments are conducted to evaluate learner’s knowledge & skills.

  • On completion of a project parents and kids get a learning report which indicates the skills and knowledge developed/displayed by them.

  • Kids also build their portfolio which showcases problems solved, solutions created, skills developed, knowledge acquired and technologies learnt.

  • Kids earn rewards in the form of badges, points and coins for their performance in a project, course and overall.

  • Kids are maneuvered to take up courses and projects from different learning segments to gain more clarity on their interests. This eventually helps them in picking up a career.