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Opportunity to join international open hardware collaboration to produce a single pixel camera for low-cost hyperspectral imaging
Members of the international open science hardware community have been pursuing a group project to produce a single pixel camera for low-cost hyperspectral imaging and are seeking collaborators.
Science Maker: Multispectral Imaging with Raspberry Pi Mar 03, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge,
During this Science Maker session, we will aim to build a multispectral camera and enclosure. Once they are finished, we will take photographs in the surrounding area and learn to process them!
Science Makers explores 3D printing with food, flavour networks and molecular cuisine
Lab equipment and chemistry has made its way into the kitchen - with water baths, centrifuges, freeze dryers, 3D printers and more now involved in gastronomic creations. During the December Science Makers session, over 25 members of the SRI, Cambridge Makespace and interested members of the public heard about some of the techniques of 'molecular gastronomy' and tried them out!
Science Makers: 3D Printing for Science May 05, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Cambridge MakeSpace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge,
3D printing opens up a world of custom science instrumentation that can be instantly shared and fabricated around the world. It has been used to build precision microscopes and alignment tools, modify all manner of standard lab kit, visualise 3D structures from imaging data and more. In this Science Makers, we'll look at a whole range of ideas for 3D printing in science with both plastics and biomaterials. There will be an opportunity to try out some activities and play with hardware in the afternoon following lunch.
Science Makers: building better microscopes Jun 04, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX,
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.
Science Makers: Colour - science and senses May 06, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX .,
This month Science Makers be looking a colour - measuring it, creating it and being creative with it.
Science Makers: control machines with your brain Feb 04, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX,
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: DIY DNA Part 1 - Reading DNA Oct 07, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Classroom, Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX,
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an essential technique in molecular biology. During this Science Makers, we'll learn about PCR, extract DNA from your choice of plant and assess relatedness to other plants.
Science Makers: drones for science Nov 05, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace classroom 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge,
Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education.
Science Makers: Internet of Science Things Apr 01, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX,
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: Learn physical computing with Venus flytraps Mar 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX,
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: Molecular Gastronomy Dec 02, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace classroom 16 Mill Lane, Cambridg,
Lab equipment and chemistry has made its way into the kitchen - with water baths, centrifuges, freeze dryers, 3D printers and more now involved in gastronomic creations. During this session, we'll hear about some of the techniques and try them out, as well as discussing cheap ways to 'hack' or create DIY equipment.
Science Makers: open hardware for STEM education Oct 01, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX .,
Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education.
Science Makers: Programming with DNA Nov 04, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace classroom 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX,
During this Science Makers, we'll learn about how to programme a logic gate with DNA and express it in a 'cell-free extract' that can translate it into a protein. We'll then visualise the results using DIY open hardware that we'll construct on the day.
Science Makers: sensing with chemicals May 07, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX,
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: sensor networks Jul 02, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX,
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: Water Monitoring (build a 3D-printed microscope) Aug 05, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM Makespace Classroom, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX .,
This month Science Makers takes a look at DIY water monitoring - a thriving area of grassroots and citizen science activity. Join us to build a microscope and Arduino-based sensors then investigate some samples from the River Cam!
SRI activities showcased at Science Hackday PDX
Science Makers and SynBio Fund projects were showcased at Science Hackday PDX, 7-8 Oct, an interdisciplinary event in Portland to create engagement with open tools and software.

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