Syllabus

You can download the DIY Science Course Syllabus.

Tentative course schedule:

August 25 — Introductions

  • What is DIY science?
  • Heat camera activity

September 1 — Heat

  • Thermochromatic ink workshop
  • Silkscreen printing intro

September 8 — Design research and Intro to Arduino

  • Thoughtless acts & field observations
  • Basic analog sensing with Arduino

September 15 — Heat and UV sensing with Arduino

  • Review basic analog sensing with Arduino
  • UV and heat sensor activity

September 22 — Soil

  • Soil chromatography
  • High-tech and low-tech soil sensing
  • Winogradsky columns

September 29 — Food

  • More fieldwork methods
  • Biomarkers/bio-indicators

October 6 — Biomarkers and bio-indicators

  • Food science field trip: Doc’s

October 20 — DIYbio

  • DNA testing workshop: extraction

October 27 — DIYbio

  • PCR & electrophoresis
  • Synthetic bio & future of biotech discussion

November 3 — Final project brainstorming and ideation

  • Experience prototyping
  • Final project brainstorming activity

November 10 — Final project proposals & critiques

  • Pitch final projects
  • Critiques/feedback on project ideas

November 17 — Political computing

  • Topics in political computing

November 24 — Work session

  • Project status update
  • Feedback/crits
  • In-class work session

December 1 — TBA

  • Special topics/ guest lecture

December 4

  • Final project presentations & showcase

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