Bamboo microscopes made in India for $4

Mason says:
200710311436 Bamboo microscopes that cost just $4 are being made in India by a group called Jodo Gyan. They're hoping to supply kids with more hands-on learning, and get away from rote memorization.

Nature has an article about this, with photos of the microscope and of a woman making them.



  1. I want one! What if they did like the lap-top deal, pay for several, they’re cheap, and get one sent to you?

  2. Awesome! Makes me proud ( I’m from India, originally :) !

    I wonder if much of product packaging everywhere couldn’t be replaced by natural materials, like bamboo. It grows fast!

    Your next yogurt purchase should come in a bamboo container, instead of plastic.

    In fact, it should be possible to package and ship product in “live” bamboo. Genetically engineered bamboo that can be shaped bonsai-style, to grow around the product. Shipped with a hemp-sack full of hydroponic solution, wrapped around the roots.

    It’s ok. It’s organic!

  3. $4 is not bad, in RS its about Rs.157 which is decent money.
    The Avg yearly income in India is about $500, so this is almost 1% of someones yearly income.
    1% of a US Avg yearly incomes comes to about $400.

    Its a good goal and I dont mean to knock it as more education is great but whenever i see an article about how something is just “X dollars” in another country it just makes me think about what is the real cost of that product (like the OLPC).

  4. If anyone knows where to buy some of these, I’ve got about 4 kids on my Christmas list who would adore this addition to their already-growing science kits ..

  5. I’d like to buy 1 of these to teach with in Canada (more than one lesson here), and donate 10 for educational purposes in India and elsewhere. Who has a contact email for Usha Menon at Jodo Gyan?

  6. Hi, my name is paroma basu, I shot the photos and wrote the story about the bamboo microscopes. If you want to contact the group that makes them, please write me at, and i’ll pass on the relevant info. thanks!

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