Tag Archives: Science

5th Kingdom

9565005262_d2cd771030_o5th Kingdom grows gourmet and medicinal mushrooms

5th Kingdom

Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project

ledbettercropThe Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project has made a “smart” beehive that includes a digital hive scale, temperature sensors, and humidity sensors. These devices let us monitor our bee activity over the internet! We will have our smart hive on display (without bees) so you can play with it and see how it works.

Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project

Hackerspace Charlotte

Hackerspace Charlotte

Charlotte North Carolina’s premier hackerspace will be back for a third year

Some of of the things we’ll be doing are:
· 3D Printers
· Quadcopters
· Compressed Air Rockets – you make, you launch it, you it keep it!
· RaspberrySky – Multiple Launch Rocket System
· Trebuchets
· Remote control stuff
· Lock Picking
· Computer Security
· Feltronics
· Soldering
· Pinewood Derby Timer
· And much more…

Hackerspace Charlotte

Clue Town Books

Clue Town BooksClue Town Books are a series of ready-to-solve scavenger hunts located in walkable areas of Atlanta, Georgia (Piedmont Park, Oakland Cemetery, and Downtown Decatur). Hunters use landmarks to solve puzzles. The solutions to those puzzles reveal how to get to the next checkpoint.

The hands-on activity for Mini Maker Faire is a mini-hunt at the booth, solving a game or two that lead hunters to a hidden QR code (or cookie) at the table. I would also be excited to explain to attendees my process for creating scavenger hunts.

Clue Town Books

Monitoring the Air Pollutant, H2S

Monitoring the Air Pollutant, H2S

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a toxic air pollutant generated in the extraction and burning of fossil fuels and by other industrial and natural processes. Recently, there have been calls by environmental advocacy groups for new methods that citizens can use to monitor air borne H2S. In response, we have developed a method based on reaction of H2S with aqueous Cu2+ ions. The reaction is followed electrochemically using equipment that can be built by a person with limited electronics experience. We will describe the design and construction of the potentiostat and electrodes. We will also provide information on where to download the code that runs the instrument and a functional graphic user interface.

Paper Rockets

vulcanThe Red Mountain Makers of Birmingham have made and launched paper rockets. They take as little as 5 minutes to make and launch using compressed air to an altitude of about 200 feet depending on the pressure used. We have done these at PlayOn Con here in Birmingham and this was a very popular activity. This is simple enough for kids to make and interesting enough for adults also. I attended the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire last year and this event would be a crowd pleaser. The rockets are basically made from a piece of typing paper and tape. We want to have a booth at the faire and we would need a launch area also that is somewhat away from the crowds. We provide rockets.

GaTech Design/Build/Fly

dbfThe Aerospace Design/Build/Fly club at the Georgia Institute of Technology is focused on teaching students the fundamentals of aircraft and flight through the design and building of model airplanes. Founded in 2009, the club participates in international competitions such as AIAA Design-Build-Fly, from which the club takes it’s name, and SAE Aerodesign. These competitions provide an exciting and challenging framework for the students to apply their classroom knowledge and learn critical hands-on lessons to take with them into the job market. As the club grows, members are always expanding into new projects.

GaTech Design/Build/Fly

SteamSaucer

steamsaucer

This Alternative History creation explores what if Victorian Scientists had learned to create what we know today as flying saucers using as yet undiscovered techniques. SteamSaucer is that simulated recreation. Its Parsons steam generator powers both a piston engine for ground drive and a modified Tesla amplifier for Soliton wave travel. The pivoting wing antenna supports Soliton milli-pulse flight with steam jet stabilization for movement thru space and quantum tunneling forward through time as a virtual particle. Visitors young and old can enjoy this 7000 part build as they explore a secret not even revealed by Jules Verne himself.

SteamSaucer

Microfluidics as Resistors for Building Fluidic Circuits

microfluidics

This microfluidic kit teaches Ohm’s law and the addition of resistors in series and parallel directly observable the visible flow of fluid through microfluidic channels that act as resistors (R). By direct measurement of the flow rate (I) and fluid pressure (P=rho*g*h), the resistance (R) for various configurations of parallel and series circuits can be modeled and determined empirically. It was designed for hands-on learning by discovery but is also suitable for classroom demonstrations. The exhibit will provide others an opportunity to briefly test-drive the microfluidic circuits.

Microfluidics as Resistors for Building Fluidic Circuits