DIY Microscope Workshops
I've been building microscopes based on Kenji Yoshino's design, described in his Instructable entitled "$10 Smartphone to digital microscope conversion!". Kenji developed a simple and really clever design for a low cost, Do-It-Yourself microscope that takes advantage of ubiquitous smartphone cameras. In the past few years I've been doing occasional workshops at a school, a children's museum, an educators' conference, and in university classes, in an effort to get these microscopes into the hands of other people — especially teachers and kids. The teacher workshops have involved mostly elementary and middle school teachers, who bring their microscopes back to their classrooms for kids to use in classroom science projects.
The square buttons below lead to helpful tips for people who are considering building a microscope, using them with students, or organizing similar workshops. I'll keep updating our info as new ideas, sources for parts, etc arise. If you have suggestions for how to improve these pages, please do let me know. I'm keen to make it useful to others.