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Workshop Slots @ KKF

15-21h | Thursday 17. April


Isrol and friends


see more info on DIY NanoDrop


Urs, Matt

Thoughts after session (by Matt):

Worked well, everyone completed the nanodrop and saw it splitting a spectrum. Could see a clear difference between pure colour filters (red/blue/green), and could see a difference between a pink solution and water. Need to consider the flatness of the LED spectrum, and the properties of the webcam, in turning the spectrum into an absolute measure of absorbance.

Most useful may be an A280 measurement (to measure amount of protein), but as this is below visible light, may be hard to detect. Perhaps try a range of webcams? We tried with 405 nm LEDs, and could see a peak around 400, but 280 nm was below our current detection.

Very promising though, requires a followup on properties of diffractive gratings, and perhaps a hunt for webcams/LEDs that can optimise and calibrate for an absolute measurement. For now thought, would detect presence of absorbant species, such as fluorophore dye, and probably would work to detect low concentrations of transition metals, which are very bright in the visible region, and also correspond to contamination in some instances (link to water contaminant testing?)

Book Binding


Learn how to make your own note book.

15-21h | Friday 18. April

Beyond DIY Microscopy

5pm start.

Dipesh, Matt, Suparmin to demonstrate to students and public how to build a Micam 1.0 and Micam 2.0 (from Naaf Instruments).

Follow up session developing methods to improve microscope, such as adding a light condenser, building a phase contrast microscope, and a Differential Interference Contrast microscope.


Togar, Urs, Yashas


Roro, Spela

15-21h | Monday 21. April

Biotweaking & Bioelectronics

by Gjino Sutic (UR Institute) & Martin Malthe Borch (Biologigaragen)

Learn the basics of biotweaking & bioelectronics by making Microbial Fuel cells.. Come and see how to hack the bacteria to generate power from organic waste, or how to use the same tech for water purification.. During the workshop we will play with different designs & you will see experimental bioelectronics that we are doing research on @UR Institute & Biologigaragen

15-21h | Wednesday 23. April

DNA Barcoding


Workshop Slots @ BPR

Various workshops from 19 - 23. April, primarily focusing on working with children in the neighborhood. Age 5-16

19 April Saturday

Workshops 1 @ 2pm

FLOFA BOT // Flora Fauna Bot by Helmi Hardian & Debrina Tedja

In this class, the kids will observe around about organism, and then give presentation. After that we encourage them to be imaginative and create a story, either drawing or writing it which explains this question: ‘If you can create any kind of creatures (animals, plants, alien, ghost, mutant, or anything), what it will be and describe them?’ Then they can start to make this creature with Flofa bots, which is made of brush and motor, so it can move, also decorate it from scratch and waste. In the end, we asked them to have short presentation about their creature and make a racing game.

Format : 1-2 hours, suitable for 8-10 years old, and the maximum number of participants is 10.

Support Material : Crayons, Colored Pencils, Colored Markers, Colored Papers, Ice Cream Sticks, Buttons, Ribbons, Movable Eyes, Toothpicks, Glue etc

++ : White board + Black Board Marker (the fattest one)

Workshop 2 @ 4.30pm


  • Responsible Mentor: Pia van Gelder

Synthesizers are generally played using knobs, switches and keyboards. What happens when natural events and phenomena are used as control synthesizers? Can we design instruments that are played by nature? In this workshop we will build our own hand-made synthesizers and we will examine how these synthesizers can be controlled by natural and biological systems so that we can listen to the music nature makes.

  • material support needed?
  • assistant other than translator?
  • format, fix time? approx how long? / ongoing? approx how long?
  • suitable age n ideal number of kids can take part ?

20 April Sunday

Workshops 3 @ 1.00pm

Mechanical Sculpture and 3D Printing By Michael Candy

A short tutorial in basic mechanical principals will be applied in a practical manner as participants are encouraged to make small kinetic contraptions and generators powered by rubber bands. Complex components in the devices (such as pulleys or gears) will be 3D printed in situe and some participants will have the opportunity to design their own unique parts for their installation.

Format: 3 - 4h depending on kids' motivtaion. Preferably indoor classroom setup (or something similar) to begin with. And later heading outdoors to test and play with the sculptures created. Suitable for age 7 and up, some aspects of the workshop might be slightly complex for under 7’s, best around 15 students (to be put into groups of 3)

Support Material: I will organize and supply materials

I will be bringing a small 3D printer for this workshop (so we need electricity!)

I do not necessarily need a projector! This was only to display 3D designs on my laptop, this can be done fine with just the laptop screen. – white board or blackboard or maybe even some paper could be good to demonstrate some idea’s / principals about mechanics.

Workshops 4 @ 2.30pm

Carnival game by Dipeshwor Shrestha & Karkhana

Kids will learn about Design cycle called the TMPI (Think, Make, Play, Improve). Their task is to make a carnival game in 40 minutes. They will first generate ideas, discuss it with their peers and then create a cardboard prototype. Finally, they will present their games to the whole class and everyone will play each others games. Additionally, the class will teach the students about energy transformations that are being used in the games they make.

Format: 3h, 1 lead teacher with approx. 2 helpers for 30 kids

Support Material: 1. projector (we can think of other ways to present if a projector is not available), 2. cardboard, 3. rubber bands, 4. paper cutter, 5. hot glue gun + glue, 6. duct tape, 7. table tennis balls, 8. scissors, 9. Lego blocks (enough for 30 kids), 10. color paper ~

Further Ideas

BioCyberKidzz, Maribor

  • Responsible: tba from participant call

A body hack is a usable technique to improve a person's life or physical capabilities. Hacking the human body has become quite commonplace. Many people have body modifications such as tattoos, piercings or even advanced medical prosthetics. Simple and playful body modifications that allow enhancing our human performance can be made with just few and cheap materials, such as cardboard, magnets and LEDs. The Bio-Acoustics Ear amplifier can augment a directional perception of sound. With a Disco-on-a-Fingertip we can modify our fingers into torches, disco lights or fluorescence detectors and we can augment our touch perception and add a new sense of magnetism by building body extension’s such as the Magnetic Finger. Or finally, by mixing algae with agar or other jelly we can make a Photosynthetic Skin. These body modifications will be observed and recorded in The Lab Book. The children will be introduced to a playful laboratory setting where the lab becomes less of an intimidating space but more an environment to spark their curiosity.' The BioCyberKidzz workshop has been developed as a result of HackteriaLab 2011 by collective brainstorms of many individuals and communities, that are devoting their rich experiences in creating alternative crossovers between art and science. It has been invited to festivals such as Ars Electronica 2011 and others.

See BioCyberKidzz, Maribor for material details and images.

Workshopology Discussion Round @ BPR

More info soon

Workshopology Commons

Please put down general ideas and topics for doing Workshops.

Cheese Making

See more on the hackteria website

by dusjagr and friends

General Ferments

by lifepatch and friends

Soap Making

by tamara

DIY microscopy

by UGM students

DNA barcoding

by adeline

DNA Barcoding We probably will have to do some basic intro to DNA and how barcodes help for species identification. I can do a broad overview and then some hands on with DNA extraction or PCR.


by Urs Gaudenz

DIY media for growing environmental samples

(Experimental Shroom Lab, Plant tissue culturing/cloning, Antibiotic/Antifungal screening of plants etc.)

by Gjino, Malte, Adeline, Sachiko, Pechblenda et al.