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On Saturday, January, 31, the Danforth Center’s Maker Group hosted its first community event, St. Louis Raspberry Pi Jam, from 1 P.M. - 5 P.M. Nearly 400 people ages 5 – 70 attended the event.
Guests participated in interactive demonstrations and activities displayed by STL Raspberry Pi Meetup group, Arch Reactor, Zagros Robotics.
Throughout the day attendees of all ages interacted with scientists and maker hobbyists. 140 people took tours of the Danforth Plant Science Center while enjoying raspberry pie treats.
The Maker Movement is a growing trend with a global community of hobbyist and professional inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, and tinkerers. Maker spaces are popping up across the country in libraries, museums, community centers, and schools—giving people of all ages access to mentorship, programs and tools like 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, microcontrollers and design software.
The Danforth Center’s Maker Group activities increased significantly this year with the continued support of Danforth Administration and Principal Investigators. Over 60% of labs in the Center are involved in Maker activities, which include education and outreach, and research projects.
“We were very inspired by the Center’s new Phenotyping Facility. We wanted to see in action how we could leverage robotics, imaging and computing to measure plant traits at a scale and precision not feasible before. We immediately started thinking about ways we could use similar techniques to enhance experiments outside of the Phenotyping Facility, but at a much lower cost,” said Noah Fahlgren, Ph.D., cofounder of the Danforth Center’ Maker Group.
By promoting custom engineering projects at the Center, the Maker Group serves as a significant source of cross discipline training to the postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, technicians and staff in the areas of computer science, engineering, digital phenotyping, programming, and instrument prototyping.
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