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Science Makers: Water Monitoring (build a 3D-printed microscope)

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

This month Science Makers takes a look at DIY water monitoring - a thriving area of grassroots and citizen science activity. Join us to build a microscope and Arduino-based sensors then investigate some samples from the River Cam!

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!



Dr Wouter Buytaert is a senior lecturer in water resources and environmental change in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Wouter has published several papers on citizen science and water resource management and can give an overview of exciting projects and activities in the field.

Dr Alex Patto is a founder of the social enterprise WaterScope and is researching the application of low-cost, 3D-printed microscopes in water testing and education. He will introduce their 3D printed microscope designs plans and the story of WaterScope. 


If you would like to take a WaterScope home with you, please email to let us know and bring £50 for the kit + camera (Raspberry Pi not included). 

• Build a WaterScope - a 3D-printed microscope using a Raspberry Pi camera.
• Build DIY sensors, spectrometers, colorimeters and more
• Collect some samples from the Cam to test. 


12:00 - Arrival and introductions
12:15 - Talks and discussion
13:30 - Pizza
14:00 - Making!