Building a DIY microscope

You can make a microscope for $10 with some wood, Plexiglas, a drill and your cell phone. Or at least, you can try

By Bethany Brookshire, 12:35 PM November 15, 2013

This is a story of what happens when a foolish scientist screws stuff up. It’s the story of a DIY microscope, and how it all went terribly wrong.


I tried. I really did. I read the instructions through five times. I puzzled them out. I still bought the wrong items, broke stuff and messed things up. In the end, we still got something that worked. It didn’t work well. But it did work! And it forced me to do a lot of what you really do in science: You spend a lot of time just trying to get your e...

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