Skip to main content
Go to the Homepage
DIY iPhone microscope.
DIY iPhone microscope.

If there is one piece of equipment to make you feel like a scientist, it has to be a microscope. There is something exciting about being able to see the hidden secrets of an object, the minutiae that are not easily visible with just the naked eye. The lineage of the microscope dates back to the first century, when people invented eye glass pieces that made objects appear larger than they were. Fast-forward hundreds of years and now we have a variety of  microscopes in all shapes and sizes–from compound microscopes to scanning electronic microscopes.

Microscopes are great tools to engage children in science. Using one elicits a sense of curiosity in a child and allows them to feel like a REAL scientist using a REAL piece of scientific equipment. Unfortunately high-quality microscopes can be costly, and those that require a power source can only be used indoors.

But don’t worry, because there is a simple solution to your microscope woes! It uses something just about everyone owns–a cell phone.

With a smartphone and a few pieces of equipment you can easily get at a hardware store, you can now make your own microscope in less than an hour. Watch my video below, which demonstrates how to use your DIY microscope. You can build your own by following these directions.


Tags: , , , , , ,


About Deborah Zierten

Deborah joined the League's staff in 2013 as the Education & Interpretation Manager. She brings with her extensive experience teaching science, developing curriculum and connecting kids to the natural world.


Share this Article


You can be a scientist and help redwoods, too! Image © Save the Redwoods League You Too Can Be A Scientist – Join Redwood Watch Today

Did you ever want to be a scientist but think it’s just for professionals?  Love the redwoods but don’t know how to help?  Lucky for you, the League has a project that can solve both these problems. As part of … Continued


Students measure fern fronds through a Save the Redwoods League education program at Redwood Regional Park. Photo ©Save the Redwoods League. Our Redwood Classrooms

Bay Area residents got a sneak peek into the hopes and dreams of the Department of the Interior last week when Secretary Sally Jewell came to Crissy Field (external link) to announce the department’s new campaign to connect the next … Continued


Leave a Reply