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Designing a high-resolution, LEGO-based microscope for an educational setting

By Bart Eduard Vos, Emil Betz Blesa, Timo Betz

Posted 11 Apr 2021
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.04.11.439311

Microscopy is an essential tool in many fields of science. However, due to their costs and fragility, the usage of microscopes is limited in classroom settings and nearly absent at home. In this article we present the construction of a microscope using LEGO bricks and low-cost, easily available lenses. We demonstrate that the obtained magnification and resolution are sufficient to resolve micrometer-sized objects and propose a series of experiments that explore various biophysical principles. Finally, a study with students in the age range of 9 to 13 shows that the understanding of microscopy increases significantly after working with the LEGO microscope.

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