This one, is a great news for parents who think that their kids learn nothing when they are spending the whole day on their phones. In fact, a new system was created; A 3D-printed smartphone microscope system. Moreover, this creation allows school kids to turn their phones into microscopes in order to experiment and play games with light-seeking microbes, which makes their days spent on their phones become more intellectual, beneficial, and educational.
The system is called “LudusScope”, in fact, they got the name from a Latin word “ludus,” which means “play,” “game” or “elementary school.” Moreover, the device looks so similar to a usual microscope, and can be docked with a smart phone. Moreover, it has LED lights that you can control with a custom joystick. Moreover, Students use these to influence the swimming direction of Euglena microbes, which exhibit characteristics of both plants and animals because they feed like animals but photosynthesize like plants.
What is the smartphone used for?
The company has created a smartphone application that allows your kids to track individual microbes by tapping on them on the phone’s screen. In addition, while on the application, they can control everything due to features like scale bars, speed readings and grid overlays. In fact, those features help the users take measurements of things they see in the field of view. Additionally, the app also comes with games that let the students track microbes while they attempt to guide them around a “Pac-Man”-style maze or use them to score goals on a simulated soccer pitch.
Whose idea is it?
The brainchild of Ingmar Riedel-Kruse came up with this beautiful idea, he is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. Moreover, he has a lab that works on developing ways in order to make bioscience education more interactive and engaging.
“The most important thing I think you can do as a teacher or parent is inspire. Get them excited — that’s almost more important than the actual content delivery,” he told Live Science.