BioCurious: A Hackerspace for Biotech. The Community Lab for Citizen Science
by Network for Open Scientific Innovation
BioCurious completes first group science education activity
On Saturday 2/12/2011, BioCurious helped one of our supporters, 13 year old Thomas Hunt, try an experiment for an upcoming science fair he is participating in. Here is a link to the kit we used from Carolina Biological. http://www.carolina.com/product/211366.do
Although we don't yet have our lab space ready, some friends at a local research lab offered to host us for this activity. Also on hand were film makers Sam and George of FieldTest. Joseph invited them to help us film the experiment so we can upload it as a video tutorial.
We consider this first activity a prototype for how we will run classes for the public and are reflecting carefully on what we learned from this exercise. In the meantime, consider supporting Sam and George's documentary. They have met and interviewed the founding figures of Snythetic Biology as well as BioCurious and the NYC citizen biology group GenSpace. Their film could play a vital role in teaching the public about this powerful emerging technology and in explaining the aims of BioCurious and other community labs.
Thanks again for your continued support and stay tuned for our eventual grand opening.