The Foldscope is a paper microscope that costs less than a dollar, or about three soles, and is bound to cause a revolution in scientific education all throughout the world. It is much more resilient than conventional microscopes, and just as good. All of the components to build a Foldscope can be fitted into a single sheet of paper, and it's so easy to assemble, kids can do it by themselves.
On August 22 (2014), the Foldscope was introduced in Peru, as part of a workshop ran by the Mini Academy of Science and Technology (MaCTec), thanks to Paola Moreno-Roman, graduate student at Stanford University. Each participant got their own Foldscope kit, and assembled the microscope with the help of Fellows participating in the program. Afterwards, they were able to observe different samples they collected. MaCTec seeks to promote creativity and scientific thinking in young girls through different workshops such as this one, and so help increase interest in the sciences in the country.