I have partnered with Stanford Professor Manu Prakash and the rest of the team at the Foldscopes Lab to distribute Foldscopes to students in Palau. Foldscope is an "ultra-affordable paper microscope that you assemble yourself." The Foldscope provides 140x magnification, perfect for observing the incredible sea critters found in the waters of Palau!
Our goal is to make Palau the first country in the world where every kid has access to a microscope!
In March 2018, I distributed 20 Foldscopes to eighth grade students and science teachers with my partners at Palau Community College (PCC), and another 5 to the Environment and Marine Science program at PCC.
In summer 2018, I distributed 100 more to partners at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). We held a workshop at the annual Ministry of Education conference in Koror to educate middle school science teachers on how to use them.
For my fellowship work through the Graduate Public Service Fellows program at the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service, I am developing a curriculum to maximize the effectiveness of Foldscopes in Palau's classrooms.
We are still seeking funding to make our dream a reality. Thus far, we have received generous support from the Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions Grant, Prakash Lab, and the Haas Center for Public Service.