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Genspace – BioMaker Lab Tour
Genspace is a community biology laboratory, sometimes called a biomaker lab or a biohacker space, in South Brooklyn, New York where anyone can learn the fundamental scientific concepts and lab skills they need to meaningfully engage with the life sciences — including biology, biotechnology, microbiology, genetics, and related subjects. Biomakers are scientists, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, and in our lab they hack lab gear, create new sustainable biomaterials, and explore the ethical and social issues of emerging global technologies. In this session, you’ll get a tour of the Genspace lab, see objects, materials, and technology that Genspace members have made. We’ll talk about the minimal gear you need to get started with basic biotechnology experiments, and the types of organisms that are easy-to-grow and safe to use in a wide range of settings.
“Play & Plug” – Counterintuitive game controllers.
You’ve seen Pi-upgraded consoles. You’ve seen plug-n-play controllers with a pi or arduino built in, and games preloaded. What is “Counterintuitive Retrogaming?” How do you follow up an all-scrap upcycled 8-bit game controller? Tune in and find out! This is the latest in many years of retro-game projects and demonstrations Elijah has presented at Faire locations and in MakeZine, starting in 2016 with his first Maker Faire appearance and his Altoids Box Retro-Pi build. Starting as a street-advertising volunteer, Elijah has worked as a panelist, demonstrated projects on stage, mentored in seminars, and interacted with the public at booths and tables both for himself and while representing companies. While not at work, he’s been known to help stir up “creative mischief” on Faire grounds from Rochester to San Mateo including googley-eye “guerrilla art” and improvised pyrotechnics . He HAD the fire marshal’s permission. Really. You may have seen his High Altitude Balloon story on local news in the greater Wilkes-Barre region, or seen him with his Maker Faire friend & MythBusters Jr Co-star Allie Weber or their rag-tag group of “Problem Kids” in MakeZine or on Twitter.
Public Libraries Print PPE: Design, Manufacture and Distribution for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Populations in Syracuse, NY
Working collaboratively with a local architect, Syracuse librarian has designed, and is now in midst of production, of a transparent front face mask for use by deaf and hearing-impaired populations, as well as for the organizations that support them. The libraries are supplying organizations such as Aurora of Central New York and the Deaf New American Coalition of Syracuse with this important PPE resource, ensuring that the needs of the community continue to be met during the Covid-19 pandemic. The design is currently the best available in its class on Thingiverse.com.
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