First, a new face for our Biolab! Big thanks to artist Lauri Jones of BetterBureau.us for the cool new addition to our family of logo head toppers! This group designed our overall branding package including our fun and versatile logo with the flexibility of highlighting certain areas within our makerspace by adding different hats to our friendly robot.
So why our new Biolab icon now?? Our BioLab activities have been growing like the bacteria captured during November’s BioMonday workshop: Microbe Hunt, Part I. These monthly meetings, held the third Monday of every month, are free and open to the public. Each month we feature a new lab skill and some discussion about all things DIYbio. Our December meeting saw us host Dr. Jennifer Leavey, the Director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, for a fascinating talk on bees, bee-keeping and using technology to track them. Our January workshop, on Jan 21 from 6-8:00, will look at the colorful growth of bacteria collected from the local area in Microbe Hunt, Part II.
But community meetings are just one way we’re trying to get people excited about biology in our makerspace.
Chris Monaco, our BioLab Captain, has been hosting Outreach classes for kids, and holding adult classes where folks are learning many different aspects of biology such as extracting DNA, growing Mycelium, exploring mold, and learning basic lab skill sets like pipetting and proper microscope usage. You can check out upcoming classes/workshops on our MeetUp calendar or the Events Page of our website.
Also, just recently, a production team for an upcoming Showtime documentary, Citizen Bio which explores the world of Citizen Science/DIYbio/Biohacking, stopped by to film at our space and BioLab. The crew has been visiting numerous DIY Bio Labs/Makerspaces across the country, trying to capture the evolution of the Citizen Scientist movement in action; They felt Decatur Makers was a great hub for community outreach and innovation.
And, in looking to collaborate with a larger community here in Atlanta, Chris has started a new public Facebook group (associated with our Facebook page) @DIYbioATL to get bio makers from around the city talking and collaborating. Please feel free to click and join for more info!