Our users around the world tout the benefits of having a Foldscope in your pocket.


Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“I take it with me everywhere I travel. I use it as a first approximation to look at samples in the field. I took this to the Galàpagos last January, and I was able to capture images of a large number of planktonic species… It’s lightweight and compact, and the quality of the image is really fantastic.”


Carmen Chavez, DirectoR, Peru Programs, ACEER

"As a tropical biologist, I spend a lot of my time showing [students] what they can see [in nature], like the big trees, the beautiful ecosystems, and very charismatic species like the jaguar or harpy eagle - things that are very conspicuous. But most of the things [in nature] are tiny! From the experience we have had last year with our [Foldscope] workshops, it opened up an area of knowledge that we're not even tapping into--so the tool-- it's huge. I think the potential is incredibly big… This shows the immense potential of curiosity, research and learning that every child has, when you put in their hands a tool so simple, but at the same time so powerful."


richard howley, Renowned citizen scientist/ microscopist

“Some few marvelous, visionary individuals have undertaken a project which might just make it possible for virtually everyone to own a microscope… It is surprisingly versatile, completely portable, and can provide both children and adults the opportunity of discovering hidden dimensions of the world around them.”



“…it can get wet, crumpled up, muddy, etc. and still function. As long as your little micro-lens isn’t damaged, it isn’t too hard to slip in a slide of your material and view it.”


Daniel Colón-RamaS, Professor, Yale
Co-Founder, ScienciaPR

“Lab members ran @TeamFoldscope workshop in Palestine where the students were trained to build, use and teach using the origami microscopes. We hope the 100+ scopes left help spread/share the joy of science, curiosity and discovery.”


jake Farrell, Science Teacher, Villa Madonna High School

“It works really well. Not only does it work with wet samples or dry samples, you can hook it up to your phone and see video from your phone. If something as simple as this Foldscope can get someone interested in a medical career or in scientific research then every penny is truly worth it.”