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Science Makers: Colour - science and senses

  • Cambridge Makespace 16 Mill Lane Cambridge, England, CB2 1RX United Kingdom (map)

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This month Science Makers be looking a colour - measuring it, creating it and being creative with it. There will also be a special activity session for children aged 8+, so feel free to bring your child(ren)!*

Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education. All are welcome for the talks, making or both!

There will also be an introduction to the Biomaker Challenge and a chance to discuss forming teams and proposals.


  • 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. 


  • How to set up an Arduino and program a sensor
  • How LEDs and colour sensors works  


  • Build an open source colorimeter
  • Android-based colour sensing using mobile phone cameras 
  • Put together a spectrometer
  • Children's making activity TBC 


  • 12:00 - Arrival and introductions
  • 12:15 - Talks and discussion
  • 13:30 - Pizza (£4 suggested donation)
  • 14:00 - Making!


* Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Earlier Event: April 24
Cafe Synthetique
Later Event: May 8
Norwich Single Cell Symposium