With just a small lens attached to a cell phone case or with a lens holder, students can produce high quality photographs of the microscopic world or even digital bird watching/natural studies. Available online for under $50, some just $5, the small lens can be glued to a cell phone case (not the cell phone itself!) or attached to the aperture of the cell phone by an adapter.
Not only can the cell phone be used as a microscope or telescope, emerging technology involves the use of the cell phone as a spectrophotometer, one of the workhorse instruments in modern science laboratories.
So, the question is, can you see me now?
Below are some links to information on the use of cell phone microscopic or telescopic lens:
Cell phone microscope
Cell phone telescope
Cell phone spectrophotometer kit
Cell phone spectrophotometer paper template
Cell phone spectrophotometer general instructions
Cell phone spectrophotometer diffraction grating source and general instructions on how specs work
Free science lab activities – prepared and vetted by classroom teachers and science professors – middle to high school – some of the labs require high tech equipment and some are low tech
Juniata College Biology
Juniata College Chemistry
Juniata College Middle School
AMSTI - Alabama Science in Motion Biology
AMSTI - Alabama Science in Motion Chemistry
AMSTI – Alabama Science in Motion Physics
AMSTI – GLOBE – free PowerPoint presentations and other resources for teachershttp://www.amsti.org/Science/GLOBE/tabid/63/Default.aspx/