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Building a gene gun for less than $100

A gene gun is by far one of the most useful tools for getting DNA into an organism. But they are prohibitively expensive to buy ($35,000 new from biorad). Since we needed one for our projects we thought we’d try and build one! We managed to put ours together for less than $100 and it works great! Thanks so much to those who came to makercon this past weekend and saw us demonstrating it. To find out how to build your own gene gun, check out our new video!

DiyBio Care Package and a New Game Plan

We are happy to announce that our diyBio care package from The Odin has arrived! Exciting new toys for the biology lab are now here. Pictured below are the great materials that have been donated. You can see that we now have a PCR machine, gel box, new pipettes and tips to add to our collection, various reagents, and even a CRISPR kit! Not shown are the bacteria strains, dyes, and other materials for recombination.

If you are interested in learning how to get started as a biohacker, let us know. We’re currently testing the waters to see how many people are interested in a diy biology and biohacking class.

This brings us to the other announcement.

Due to a variety of environmental and infrastructural issues, we have chosen to move the makerspace out of the warehouse. But don’t worry! We are setting up to run classes at various locations around the city, including a drone factory and the Jax Library Makerspace. All the tools still exist and if you want to learn or do, we can pop up and make it happen. We’re still here, we’re just more mobile. Flexibility is good.

Thank you again to The Odin for their awesome donation of supplies, and let us know if you are ready to start biohacking.

Closed Due to Cooling Issues and Inclement Weather

Hi Everyone,

 

Due to ongoing cooling issues at the warehouse, we’ll be closed  except on request until changes have been made. If you’d like to use or see the space feel free to contact us at 206-841-0775 and we’ll be happy to open up for you. We apologize for the inconvenience, but have made this decision to make sure our members are happy and safe. We thank you for your patience while we work on resolving this issue.

Pop Art Block Party – A Great Success and a Lot of Fun

This past Friday, we hosted Pop Art Block Party and it was an absolute blast! In the short span of a week we transformed the space from a mostly bare warehouse, into a beautiful exhibition filled with science and art. With several hundred people in attendance we stayed busy the whole night. We met a lot of amazing people and look forward to seeing new faces at the meetups.

The new mural at the front of the building looks amazing!

One of our founders, Alex Borrelli doing some live torchwork. He made this cool pair of DNA goblets!

Our Electronics and Bio/Chem spaces got a makeover and some new art. Now they’re ready to host some exciting classes and workshops!

Our new pallet bar looked super cool when it was all lit up.

 

Even the greenspace was transformed!

Thanks again to everyone who made it out to the event, and we hope you had as great of a time as we did. We’re already starting to get ready for our next event. While this event was a lot of fun, it was also mostly aimed at adults. Our next event will be for all ages and will lean more towards the science aspects of the space, so be sure to keep an eye out for that in the near future!

Our First Instructable! Receiving Images From Weather Satellites

For anyone who’s come to one of the Meetups, you’ve seen us receive images from passing weather satellites. If you ever wanted to know how that works, we’ve already made 2 videos going through the process, but for those who prefer written instructions, we now have an Instructable to go with it! https://www.instructables.com/id/Receiving-Images-From-Passing-Weather-Satellites-N/

This instructable only covers NOAA satellites but we’re working on part 2 which will cover the details of METEOR M2 reception as well.

Our first library class

Yesterday, Wednesday June 14th we taught our first class at the Jax Public Library’s Makerspace. First off, we just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who attended. It was a great experience and one we look forward to doing again.

The class was on the topics of plants and plant biology and we talked about the plant at all scales, from leaves and roots to stomata and chloroplasts. We manage to cover an impressive amount of content in the short span of the class and everyone got lots of hands on with everything we covered. Best of all, everyone went home with their own mini greenhouse kit and seeds that they picked and planted themselves.

It was a lot of fun and hope everyone enjoyed as much as we did!

Our next Meetup and our first class!

Next week will be a busy week for us with lots of exciting things happening. To kick off the week we’ll be hosting our second Meetup at the space and all are welcome and encouraged to come on by. The Meetup starts at 6pm on Tuesday June 13th and we’ll be demoing a little bit of everything. From receiving images directly off of weather satellites, to RaspberryPi and arduino, to bacterial nanocellulose, there’s something for everyone.

LINK TO THE MEETUP
The day after, June 14th, we’ll be running our first class at the Jax Public Library. The class will be focused on plants and plant biology. Everyone will go home with their own basil plant and we’ll be covering everything you’ll need to know to keep your plant happy. We’ll also be going over some plant biology so you can learn how plants work, starting at leaves and going all the way to the cellular level. The class is for everyone and anyone who’s interested and is an all ages event. So come on down! The class will start at 11:30 and run till around 1:30.