TheBOX is a number of optical experiments compiled into a ready-to-use box. We created three variants for different levels of knowledge and skills. SimpleBOX covers the basic experiments of ray optics for secondary and high schools. CourseBOX teaches the core principles of microscopy from a simple lens to laser scanning confocal microscopy. FullBOX is meant to be used by university students and researchers for the everyday labwork or advanced courses. More information about our Boxes are available in our Github repository here.
SimpleBOX, equipped with passive components only, covers the basic experiments of ray optics. It is compact and cheap and therefore can be handed to children of all age. It completely covers the classical optics experiments of 7th-8th grade with an overhang to the high school experiments. Find the details here.
CourseBOX teaches the core principles of microscopy and basics of optical alignment. It is intended for microscopy courses for students that are rather on the side of users than designers. This BOX provides a hands-on experience with insight into the black box that microscope often seems to be. It comes with alignment tutorials and relies on basic components. By reusing the components and starting from the common ground, it shows that all the microscopy methods are based on only a few principles. Find the details here .
FullBOX is meant to be used by university students and researchers for the everyday lab work or for advanced courses. On one hand it should serve as an alternative to nowadays microscopes, one that is cheaper, portable and easy to use by anyone, anywhere. Compared to the other BOXes, it is extended by motorized stages and programmable illumination modes, completely remote-controllable and can therefore create more advanced setups, like a compound or light sheet microscope. It is of course useful for education and workshops as well. Find the details here.