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Science and technology are part of our daily lives. Come to think of it, you would not be able to imagine a life without. So why would science only be for scientists to practise?

More and more people feel the same way about this and go searching for solutions to problems professional scientists have not yet found the answer to. These people set up their own DIY projects. Instead of hammers or glue guns, they use science! This is what the exhibition Do It Yourself Science is all about. After having travelled all over Europe, Sparks' temporary exhibition will be available at Technopolis in July and August of 2017.

DIY pioneers of science make use of cheap sensors, smartphones and apps to share information with online communities. At the same time they get rid of the stereotypical image of an old scientist with 10 diploma's who's working on his next invention whilst sitting in his lab completely isolated from the rest of the world.

By the way, scientists increasingly appeal to people like you and me to assist them in their research. Through social media, all kinds of apps... the bridge between scientists and the rest of the world keeps growing smaller.

Contrary to what you would expect at Technopolis, the themed exhibition Do It Yourself Science does not consist of a series of hands-on exhibits. Just this once we will "only" make you think... Hopefully, after having seen the exhibition, you will feel the urge to set up your own DIY science project!

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7 interesting stories of DIY scientists

By means of the exhibition Do It Yourself Science we present to you 7 interesting stories of people who have developed their own treatment for diabetes to entire communities who measure air pollution.

They are engaged in:

  • DIY research
  • DIY medicine
  • DIY biology

 

DIY research

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1. Shazia measures air pollution

The air in European cities is almost nowhere as polluted as in London. Shazia measures the air pollution in her city as a wake-up call to everyone around her. She is one of the thousands worldwide to measure the pollution in their own neighbourhoud.

 

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2. Doreen's team helps to catch mosquitoes

Doreen has set up a national network of amateur mosquito catchers. People from all over Germany send her mosquitoes to help her predict potential epidemics.

 

DIY medicine

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3. Tim is a diabetes hacker

Tim has type 1 diabetes. He develops his own medical appliences and apps. Not only does he save a lot of money, he hopes to make a real contribution to health care!

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4. Pedro and Helena share inventions

In 2014 Pedro and Helena founded Patient Innovation, an organisation allowing people to share their own medical inventions with the rest of the world.

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5. Sara is an expert at her disease

When Sara found out she had Parkinson's, she decided to fight her disease with any means possible. She follows up her own symptons and searches for better solutions that the ones doctors present to her.

DIY biology

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6. Philip and Bethan made a mini lab

Philip and Bethan were frustrated that biology remained beyond the reach of people without acces to a professional lab. And so they invented the Bento Lab: a fully functional lab the size of a box.

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7. Pieter hunts for antibiotics

In his DIY lab Pieter looks for solutions to one of medicine's greatest contemporary challenges: the resistance against antibiotics.

 

Practical

Contrary to what you would expect at Technopolis, the themed exhibition Do It Yourself Science does not consist of a series of hands-on exhibits. Just this once we will "only" make you think... Hopefully, after having seen the exhibition, you will feel the urge to set up your own DIY science project!

  • Target group: DIY scientists in the making aged 12 and older
  • Price: for free, included in your day ticket
phone In July and August of 2017, from Monday to Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. till 5 p.m.

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During the summer holidays Technopolis wants to cool you off with invigorating discounts that increase as the temperature rises.

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