FEATURE: Get involved with Norwich Biomakers
Who are Norwich biomakers?
Norwich Biomakers is an exciting open group that brings together academics and non-academics ranging from biologists, technologists, electronics, software and creatives students and staff from John Innes Centre, UEA and the Earlham institute in order to share skills and ideas to answer some of biology’s questions.
building solutions to biological challenges
Dr. Colette Matthewman, Norwich Biomakers
WORK IN PROGRESS
Let’s get making…
At Norwich Biomakers the workshops and challenges vary. For example on the right here you will see a prototype plant microbial fuel cell in the making. This was put together by GoBio’s own Aaron Hunter. In this fuel cell there will be grass that grows to provide power. All equipment, instructions and help were provided.
A plant microbial fuel cell in the making..
With the Biomaker challenge you can apply for an Arduino starter kit for building electronic circuits; an Actuator kit- solder free prototype kit like Lego, sidekick components and prototyping board to help prototyping and a programmable touchscreen for a user interface to help make your idea reality. On top of this each team is given a support package of up to £1,000 to make their idea a reality. Previous examples of group efforts include to production of an of a machine to detect pathogens in sewage sludge and a PCR-based antibiotic resistance gene detector. Final projects are then invited to exhibit at the Biomaker Fayre bringing together academics and non-academics, and this year is held on 27th October 2018. Training events are held by Biomaker challenge to support groups on 3D design, soldering and introduction to Arduino.