ICGEB Outreach: Foldscope School Programme launched in Nepal
The Tumour Virology Group in Trieste and its support and commitment to outreach activities for young students is well known. Most recently, they've been working on the Foldscope School Programme to organise hands-on science workshops in public schools in remote areas.
The Foldscope, a paper microscope, is assembled and allows students to "explore the microcosmos and stay curious". The Group's role so far has largely been helping make contacts and get the foldscope to places where it can be useful. The Lab co-ordinated with the Prakash Group in Stanford to get the scope to Nepal and now, Om Basukala, ICGEB PhD student in the Tumour Virology lab is involved in the workshop with some of the local schools.
Om reports: "We organised the foldscope school program in a public school (Samata Niketan School at Kamalbinayak, Bhaktapur) today. It was full of fun and excitement as per the attending students. They really liked the workshop and were expecting more of such programs in future as well."
Lawrence Banks, Tumor Virology Group Leader and Scientific Coordinator at ICGEB Trieste, says "We could easily use this as a model for other places".
The initiative has been promoted by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology NAST and will be coming soon to local TV, NAST's official web page and youtube channel. One to watch!