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Baton Rouge students build unique microscopes

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A North Baton Rouge private school tested out a new cardboard microscope that they are not only using but also built.

The students at McKanstry Preparatory on Greenwell Springs punched out and assembled the microscopes from the design of Stanford University's bio-tech lab. The lab is trying to develop a cheap, effective microscope for healthcare professionals around the world.

"These microscopes are of almost professional grade that gives you almost 2-thousand times magnification. So you can really look in detail at different objects," said headmaster Ken McKanstry.

The construction has a watch battery in the center of the paper that powers the light. There's also a camera attachment so it can take microscopic pictures. McKanstry plans to share the pictures the microscope takes with Stanford.

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