• When: Monday 23 November 2020 - Monday 30 November 2020
  • Admission: Admission Free
  • Booking: No booking required (drop-in)


Join University of Glasgow engineers to learn how to make your own microscope, using a smartphone, water and other household items.

Ready to get started? Watch the video below:

Find out more about the experiment by visiting this interactive website.

For this experiment, you will need:


Ideally a smartphone with a front camera, but a back camera can be used too.

Empty plastic bottle or clingfilm

These will be useful to protect your camera from getting wet.

Something to image

Something interesting to take pictures of. Leaves or onion skins work well.

Paper towels

These will be useful for mopping up any water spillages.


If using a plastic bottle, these will be useful to cut the bottle in half.

Sugar / Vegetable Oil

(Optional) These can be used to change how the water droplet affects the image.


(Optional) If you want to take some pictures, the headphones can be used as a shutter button.


(Optional) A second phone or torch can be used to back-light your sample and improve the images.