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12 Buckets, located in Perth Western Australia, is an early intervention strengths-based mentoring organisation established as a charity for local children who need extra support in life and learning.

The predominantly volunteer run organisation is committed to innovation and generosity, helping children discover their capacity to give - regardless of background or circumstance.

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Seeing the World Differently: Through a Microscopic Lens

Melinda Tognini

12 Buckets have a new toy.

Only it's not really a toy. It's a microscope.

But it doesn't look like one you'd expect to find in a science lab.

It's the iScopeStand and it essentially turns a mobile phone or tablet into a microscope.

The iScopeStand is the brainchild of artist educator Angela Rossen, who came up with the idea of an iPad microscope. The prototype she built involved a lens mounted in a stand that operated in the same way a microscope did - thus magnifying the camera's capability of taking close up photos by up to 25 times its original capacity.

Rossen's prototype was developed further by Graeme Harris - who just happens to be the grandfather of our North Balga School Liaison, Amy Cooke. The result is the iScopeStand.

And it's transforming the way our students observe and interact with the world around them.

Instead of just seeing this ...

... they're seeing this:

Instead of this ...

... they're noticing the intricate details on this.

We can't wait to see what they notice next. And if you would like to see more of the images the kids are photographing, then head to the our Facebook page. We'll be posting a regular Wednesday 'What am I?' - and we'd love you to participate.

If you'd like more information about the iScopeStand, or how you can get hold of one for yourself, head to

For now, we'll leave you with this one ...