We’ve just launched another educational experiment in ASMS under the Adventure Space Program: what if we turn every student’s phone into a microscope?

This project encourages students to look at the bigger picture. The results of the first day were remarkable, with students exploring a wide range of  objects around them.

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Amongst these images are the human eye, blades of grass, a CRT screen, and a lego face.

This is structured as on open ended inquiry project – where students learn by seeing.

It can now be achieved quite cheaply, thanks to the availability of 60x attachments sold as a ‘money checker’ – an attachment primarily used by street corner currency changers to check the authenticity of bank notes. It even comes with an ultraviolet LED, all for a princely sum of $3 or less. Add this to the spectacular device known as a phone carried by almost every student, and interesting possibilities emerge.

There is no doubt that the invention of microscopes and telescopes allowed scientists to see what others could not. They entered a fascinating word of discovery, of seeing things previously unseen and unappreciated before. 60x aims for the same.

60x was originally designed to be an open project offered as part of the Adventure Space program run by Dr Neil Davis, who gave students the phone attachments and instructed them to explore their surroundings. The results were surprising!