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Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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You Shouldn't Fear Do-It-Yourself Biotech - Slate Magazine (blog)

You Shouldn't Fear Do-It-Yourself Biotech - Slate Magazine (blog) | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

Slate Magazine (blog): "You Shouldn't Fear Do-It-Yourself Biotech Slate Magazine (blog) Yes, risks still do exist, but the inflated debate about dangers overshadows the movement's potential to contribute to the education and inspiration to future...

 

In 2010, the White House put forth a commission report on the Ethics of Synthetic Biology. It recommended that the Executive Office “should identify and widely disseminate strategies to promote overall scientific and ethical literacy, particularly as related to synthetic biology, among all age groups.” The DIYbio movement should be included in those strategies.

 

Genspace, for example, has taught hundreds of people in its classes and workshops—from high schoolers, to Wall Street investors, to clothing designers, to bartenders. Other labs burgeoning around the country do the same. Our members have grown fabrics from bacteria and designed low-cost centrifuges. Other DIY labs have made bacterial ink and malaria diagnostics kits for the developing world."

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Interesting article about DIY genetics and how it is viewed by various communities.

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TechShop is America's 1st Nationwide Open-Access Public Workshop -- What Do You Want To Make at TechShop?

TechShop is a membership-based do-it-yourself workshop that provides members with the use of tools and equipment, classes and a vibrant and creative community of people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.
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Another amazing resource for tinkering, making, creating and sharing. There are a number TechShops in different cities across the US. I am pleased that there is one in planning for Washington D.C.

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Palm-sized Quadcopter, the flying development kit | GeekBoy.it

Palm-sized Quadcopter, the flying development kit | GeekBoy.it | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"A Swedish company called Bitcraze may just of provided the tool to scratch my itch! A tiny quadcopter called the Crazyflie Nano, that fits into the palm of your hand and comes as a kit.

 

Designed with home assembly in mind, once ordered you must mount and solder the motors. Being open source, you can easily expand the capabilities of the quadcopter to include features like an on-board camera / microphone. It’s basically a flying development board. It has a Flight time up to 7 minutes with standard 170mAh Li-Po battery." from Source: http://geekboy.it

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These tiny quadcopters are amazing. I have watched YouTube! videos of the mobility of these. A Dutch research group have programmed four to work together with a net to autonomously capture or toss a ball in the air. Note that this is also an Open Source kit! I want one -- someday!

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These tiny quadcopters are amazing. I have watched YouTube! videos of the mobility of these. A Dutch research group have programmed four to work together with a net to autonomously capture or toss a ball in the air. Note that this is also an Open Source kit! I want one -- someday!

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Maker Faire - Wikipedia

Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset".

Flagship Maker Faires are held in San Mateo, California, Detroit and New York. The New York Maker Faire is also known as "World Maker Faire".[1]

Upcoming Maker Faires[2]

"Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset"."  -- from the source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

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 Attending one of these events would certainly introduce one to tinkering and making. The results could be creating your own local Maker Faire or setup a MakerPlace.

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