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Science Makers: Colour - science and senses

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This Science Makers will be looking at colour – measuring it, creating it and being creative with it. We’ll be building colorimeters and spectrometers and testing mobile phone cameras for colour sensing. There will be a special activity session for children aged 8+, so feel free to bring your child(ren)!

Talks
  • Dr Gareth Rees on sensing plant spectra in the Arctic and artistic collaborations around colour.
  • Prof Jim Haseloff on biological pigments and coloured proteins.
  • Olimpia Onelli on structural colour in G. Viridula beetles and biomimetics.
  • Jeffrey Grey on Cambridge Display Technology’s printed organic LEDs and sensors for portable testing.
  • Praveen Teleti and Sophie Weeks on protoyping low-cost color sensors.
Learning
  • How to set up an Arduino and program a sensor
  • How LEDs and colour sensors works
Making
  • Build an open source colorimeter
  • Android-based colour sensing using mobile phone cameras
  • Put together a spectrometer
  • Children’s making activity TBC
Timings
  • 12:00 – Arrival and introductions
  • 12:15 – Talks and discussion
  • 13:45 – Pizza
  • 14:00 – Making

This talk is part of the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative series.

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