Copenhagen maker 2016
At Copenhagen makers we did:
Ultra-personalized Jewellery (DNA extraction and necklace preparation)
Plant Gel Garden (Plant tissue culture and sterilization)
Green Gold (Spirulina health food, cooking and tasting)
Microbial family photo (Culturing microbes from your body and a snapshot of your microbiome)
DIY BIO at Maker Fair
Last November, Biologigaragen participated in Copenhagen Maker days at KPH alongside our friend from Labitat. There, we presented the association and a few workshops to share our enthusiasm on DIY Bio-science. The exhibition included our green gold reactor, a wear your own DNA workshop, a plant gel garden, and a microbial family photo booth.
Wear your own DNA
I had the chance to facilitate the “wear your own DNA workshop”, which was super fun and intense due to its success. In this workshop, we helped people extract DNA from their saliva and transform it into a glowing necklace. In a few steps, people could precipitate their DNA from their own spit and turn it into a piece of “jewelry” by adding a few led (everything looks nicer with LED). This was the second time we presented this workshop after Sveta Suvorina modified it for click festival last year.
Plant Gel Garden
The plant gel garden is a post-earth collection of living organism. In this workshop, participants were taught how to sterilise seeds and make them grow in colourful jars, containing a mix of all the nutrients for their development.
At Maker Day, we presented the last version of our Bio-reactor that allows us to grow algae using only CO2 and light. This alga, Spirulina, is claimed to be the food of the future. So, we served smoothies and an alga shot for your beer.
The Green Gold reactor is a project by Keenan Pinto, Timmea Szöcs-Puskás & Bue Thastum.
Led by Ronald Silins, Agata Auzane and Marco Prevedello of KU, the microbial family photo booth educated people in understanding what is going on in our guts and on our skin. This experiment aims at mapping all the micro-organisms that live in symbiosis on or within us. Participants were asked to give a little of themselves by rubbing a Q-tip on their skin. This Q-tip, containing a sample of their own ecosystem, was then kept on a petri box. The purpose of the collection of all the petri boxes is to build an extensive library of the microbial diversity you can find within or on humans.
This maker fair was fun to participate in and was a tremendous success. We are grateful to all the people that came and experimented with us and all the organisers that make Copenhagen such a vibrant city.