Try yourself!

 

Some of our work is intended to be directly accessible for K-12 education and DIY. Please find below more information and resources. We are looking for K-12 teachers and college instructors who would like to use our systems. If you would like to collaborate with us, or need help, or have feedback - please contact us.

 

Below you will find:

          1. On open edX online course with integrated cloud lab: Go through the full scientific inquiry cycle in the cloud!
          2. Biology cloud experimentation lab
          3. Lego Mindstorms liquid handling robots
          4. LudusScope - a DIY smart phone microscope to interrogate and play with living cells

 

Open Online Course (MOOC): The Science Inquiry Cycle Online - with integrated Cloud Experimentation

 

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We created an open online course that utilizes our real-time cloud lab to teach the basics of the scientific method. You can take this course here - it takes about 4 hours to complete. Also very suitable in middle- and high-school - we currently work with teachers on corresponding user studies.

 

The published user studies with this course can be found here and here.

 

The course also contains a Euglena modeling exploration applet, which you can test out here.

 

Biology Cloud Labs - Experiment with Living Cells in Real-time

 

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Our Euglena online lab enables real-time experimentation with living cells online.

 

You can test this lab here.

 

The original paper can be found here.

 

We also created an open online course that utilizes this cloud lab to teaches - see previous point incl. publications.

 

Liquid-handling Lego Robots and Experiments for STEM Education and Research


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2d robot

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We developed Lego-based pipetting robots that reliably handle liquid volumes from one ml down to the sub-μl range and that operate on standard laboratory plasticware such as cuvettes and multi-well plates. These robots can support a range of science and chemistry experiments for education and even research. Using standard, low-cost household consumables, programming pipetting routines, and modifying robot designs enable a rich activity space. We successfully tested these activities in afterschool settings with elementary, middle, and high school learners. The simplest robot can be directly built from the widely-used Lego Education EV3 core set alone.

 

Links to materials and building instructions can be found here.

 

 

LudusScope: Accessible Interactive Smartphone Microscopy for Life-Science Education

 

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The LudusScope is a scrappy interactive biology platform that uses a smartphone and a DIY microscope to enable meaningful interactions with microbiology. The LudusScope was developed to make the interactive biology projects we work on in the lab more accessible to the general public. Here you will find the instructions and files necessary to fabricate your own LudusScope. The making process spans a wide range of skills including 3D-printing, circuit-building, and optics. While experience in these topics is helpful, we suggest approaching the fabrication as a learning experience in and of itself, and to not be discouraged by a lack of expertise.

Link to paper

Link to instructions

Link to code

Link to parts