Past Meetup

Hackroscope and Chain Reaction Planning

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Join us to build a synthetic biology inspired link in the Cambridge Science Centre's Chain Reaction and plan a family workshop building 3D printed microscopes.

The Cambridge Science Centre is expecting hundreds of families in the Corn Exchange on Sat 6 Dec for Chain Reaction: Destination Space, the latest annual event where schools, groups and companies from around Cambridge build a gigantic Heath Robinson ( contraption stretching around the hall.

You're invited to get involved in three things:

1. Build a synthetic biology inspired piece of the chain! Bring your ideas and inventive uses of lab equipment (but no mains power....) to the table and design a chain link that conforms to the rules ( and illustrates some biological processes. No mean feat of engineering!

Next meetup to actually build the contraption is at Science Makers on 5 Dec (

2. Assist Hack Lab with their Hackroscope workshop building 3D-printed microscopes with families attending on the day. We need to ensure all the components are ordered, the instruction sheets make sense and there are enough helpers floating around to assist with the tricky parts. Biologists would be helpful for nice samples to examine once the microscopes are built!

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3. Exhibit your 'Made in Cambridge' open lab hardware. We have a table in the Corn Exchange Foyer to show off things we've made at Science Makers and any other bits and pieces you'd like to display.

Come along to this meeting for tea, cake and planning chat, we hope to leave with a plan and a shopping list!