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Science Makers: Learn physical computing with Venus flytraps

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.
When Mar 11, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
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During previous Science Makers we've made and tested sensors and sensing devices - what to do with the data though? This session will dive into building apps to host your data on the web and talk to Arduino boards from your own interface - the use case will be venus flytrap signals measured using the SpikerBox boards we've constructed previously combined with a motor box for micromanipulation.


Learn how to:

  • Talk to Arduinos from an interface
  • Plot data in real time the data input
  • Store and publish your data stream to a remote server

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We have two great projects lined up for the afternoon:

• Building an app from scratch for plotting and logging sensor data 

• Make use of micromanipulator motor boxes to measure Venus flytraps signals using both the app and the robot

After this session you'll be able to do the same thing with pretty much any sensor so feel free to bring your own to the meeting and let us know what science-y (or other) purposes you might use this for - from monitoring the temperature of your (lab) fridge to checking how your experiment is going from home.



12:00 - Arrival and introductions

12:15 - Talks and discussion

13:30 - Pizza 

14:00 - Making!

We usually wrap up around 16:00-17:00 but you are welcome to leave at any time and often a group stays later.


Science Makers is designed for adults and includes technical talks, but we welcome accompanied younger people too - just contact Jenny on

Science Makers: Physical Computing



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