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Science Makers

Science Makers is a monthly event with rotating themes that attract around 20-40 researchers and people from the local tech sector to discuss applications for and practicalities of making experimental setups, followed by lunch and a hands-on session in the afternoon. We've assembled everything from low-cost microfluidic devices and 3D printed microscope stages to bat sensors. Attendees are also welcome to work on their own projects.

Science Makers aims to:

  1. ScienceMakers-GelElectrophoresisPromote work in Cambridge on designing and making experimental set-ups, particularly low-cost using commodity electronics or easily available fabrication techniques
  2. Building a community of such people who can help each other out, including those outside the university in the engineering/tech/design sectors
  3. Hosting a fun meetup where like-minded people can learn something new and work on projects e.g. we are also looking into running introductory electronics training at the meeting for biologists/others who don't normally cover this

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Timing: Monthly on the first Saturday, 12:00-17:00

Venue: Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane. Cambridge, CB2 1RX

(Makespace is the community's inventing shed, a makerspace with all manner of equipment from glass kiln to sewing machine to metal lathe, 3D printers and laser cutters.)

 

Upcoming and Past Events (plus links to resource pages)

Science Makers: sensor networks

Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
From Jul 02, 2016 12:00 PM to Jul 02, 2016 05:00 PM
This month we're looking at sensor networks. Hear from researchers building and using sensor networks for science and get hands-on in the afternoon working on a project.

Science Makers: sensing with chemicals

Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
From May 07, 2016 12:00 PM to May 07, 2016 05:00 PM
From building electronic noses to detectors for toxic chemicals, chemical sensing is really useful and it’s becoming easier thanks to the availability of off-the-shelf components and microprocessors like Arduino. In this meeting we’ll delve into the art and science of chemical sensing.

Science Makers: open hardware for STEM education

Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX .
From Oct 01, 2016 12:00 PM to Oct 01, 2016 05:00 PM
Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education.

Science Makers: Learn physical computing with Venus flytraps

Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
From Mar 11, 2017 12:00 PM to Mar 11, 2017 04:00 PM
Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education. All are welcome for the talks, making or both! This month we'll be looking at data, sensors and closing the loop.

Science Makers: Internet of Science Things

Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
From Apr 01, 2017 12:00 PM to Apr 01, 2017 04:00 PM
There is a new wave of sciences tools coming - science is getting connected in the lab and in the field through Internet of Things technologies, sensor networks, open source designs and protocols and more.

Science Makers: drones for science

Makespace classroom 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge
From Nov 05, 2016 12:00 PM to Nov 05, 2016 05:00 PM
Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education.

Science Makers: control machines with your brain

Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
From Feb 04, 2017 12:00 PM to Feb 04, 2017 04:00 PM
Electrical impulses control our muscles and neurons, we'll find out how to amplify them and what that can teach us - plus we'll get hands on controlling Arduinos remotely with our minds (or muscles).

Science Makers: Colour - science and senses

Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX .
From May 06, 2017 12:00 PM to May 06, 2017 05:00 PM
This month Science Makers be looking a colour - measuring it, creating it and being creative with it.

Science Makers: building better microscopes

Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX
From Jun 04, 2016 12:00 PM to Jun 04, 2016 05:00 PM
Last year we heard from Brad Amos on smartphone cameras for microscopy and the marvellous WaterScope on their 3D-printed, Raspberry Pi camera. This year we're stepping up a notch to look at DIY approaches to better microscopes, from automation to novel imaging techniques and even some more expensive (not so DIY) kit that illustrates benefits of custom approaches to imaging.

Neurobiology: from brains to circuits

Probing the electrical systems of living things is easier than ever thanks to readily available open source technologies and commodity electronics. In this Science Makers we’ll explore open hardware for electrophysiology and measurement of behaviour in plants and animals for both education and research. Then we'll control machines using our minds (or at least muscle movements).

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