Play A Game With Microbes Using A Microscope On Your Phone
An open-source device developed at Stanford University turns microbiology into an interactive and educational tool
Stanford bioengineer has developed a microscope for mobile that provides a new way of learning about and interacting with microbes. The 3D-printed, open-source LudusScope is ideal for educational settings: it enables kids to observe and play games with tiny light-seeking microbes called Euglena.
“Many subject areas like engineering or programming have neat toys that get kids into it, but microbiology does not have that to the same degree. The initial idea for this project was to play games with living cells on your phone. And then it developed much beyond that to enable self-driven inquiry, measurement and building your own instrument.”