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What can be more fun than building a microscope from lego blocks?
A group of scientists at our University (UCSF, in San Francisco) did just that, and made a webpage with very clear instructions for you to do the same. One of the surprising things you may discover is that a microscope already works pretty well with only two lenses: the objective and the eyepiece. The Legoscope folks even have instructions on how to make a holder for you phone, so that you can take microscope pictures using your phone's camera.

If you want to build your own Lego microscope, please be aware that you will need to buy several parts (objective, eyepiece, lens holder, etc..) for ~$250. You will also need to 3D print two parts. If you do not have access to a 3D printer yourself, you can use services like Shapeways to print the parts for you.

Have fun!

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