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This guide provides information that might be useful both for new and existing members.
These are updates from resident projects at Manylabs.
Science for Good
This is the Manylabs home page.
This page will provide documentation for our data platform and data API.
Work with Us
Manylabs brings together researchers, educators, and makers working on science for good.
A quick description of the Manylabs organization.
Grow your own lens
This page will describe a "Grow Your Own Lense" workshop that includes making cheap PDMS lenses that attach to your camera.
Comparison of Dust Sensors
We are comparing a set of different dust sensors with EPA measurement stations to evaluate the quality of the data from the dust sensors.
Air Quality Station
This page describes our new prototype air quality measurement station.
Fish Tank Monitor
This page describes how to set up a fish tank monitoring system. It measure water temperature, pH, air temperature/humidity, and light levels. It transmits the data via a WiFi or Ethernet connection (depending on the version) into a Manylabs data set.
Sending Weather Data to Weather Underground
Connect your weather station to Weather Underground.
This page describes the rewards for our science kit Kickstarter.
This prototype thermocycler controls the temperature of a set of tubes, rapidly heating and cooling through a specified sequence of temperatures.
This spectrophotometer project uses a diffraction grating to split white light into separate wavelengths. A mechanically actuated slit selects a single wavelength to pass through a sample and into a high-accuracy digital light sensor.
This project describes the construction of a gel box for gel electrophoresis. This can be used, for example, to separate DNA and RNA fragments by length.
Test Tube Color Sensor
This page describes how to setup a test tube color sensor.
Soil Moisture Sensing
This project describes how to build a soil moisture sensor.
Balloon Data Recorder
This project provides a data recorder for a high-altitude weather balloon. The recorder stores sensor values and GPS coordinates onto a data flash module.
Wireless Egg Drop
The wireless egg drop kit allows you to view and record data from a wireless accelerometer.
Portable Air Quality Measurement Station
The page describes a portable air quality measurement station. It allows you to measure dust, CO, and NO2.
Pulley Rotation Sensor
The sensors attached to this pulley can be used to measure the rotation of the pulley and the linear motion of a rope passing over the pulley. This pulley can be used as part of an Atwood machine.
Uploading Data With Python
This page describes how to send data to a data set using python
Pulley and Pendulum
This page describes how to assemble and use the pulley and pendulum kit.
How to use the current sensor to measure current and voltage.
A Mini Heliostat
This project page describes how to make a sun-tracker (heliostat) using a solar panel, current sensor, servo, and some other parts.
Laser Timing Gate
This project describes how to build a device the measures when an object passes. Using two of these gates you can measure the time it takes for an object to pass between two points. It uses a beam of laser light to detect the passing object.
This page describes how to do measurements of a mockup exoplanet using a light sensor and light bulb.
Other Project Ideas
This page is a list of assorted project ideas.
Plant Watering Kit
This page describes how to build a plant watering system.
Wind Turbine Power Measurement
This project shows how to measure the current, voltage, and power produced by a KidWind wind turbine.
Cart and Track
This page describes how to set up a cart and track for motion experiments.
This force sensor uses a linear potentiometer to measure the displacement of a rod connected to a pair of springs. The displacement is related to the force applied to the rod. With known sample masses, the sensor can be calibrated to provide numerical measurements of the force on the rod.
This page describes the assembly of the electromagnetism kit.
Using a Bee Device with a Sodaq Board
This page describes how to use a bee device (e.g. BLE Bee or WiFi Bee) with a Sodaq board.
This project describes a sensor-based aquaponics system. The sensors measures water levels, water quality, temperature, humidity, and light. The system can sound an alarm when these variables go outside pre-specified ranges. It can also control pumps, lights, and other equipment.
Satellite Sensing: Temperature and Reflectance
This page describes how to use an Arduino, sensors, and cell phones to make measurements that are analogous to measurements made by earth science satellites.
This project is an overview of a portable system for measuring water pollution that we're currently designing and testing. It includes sensors for dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature, pH, and turbidity.
Data Scavenger Hunt
The page describes how to create a data scavenger hunt using a portable data recorder with sensors and other devices.
Freezer / Incubator
This page describes how to build a freezer/incubator using a thermoelectric device.
This page describes how to set up a biometric monitor that measures galvanic skin response, heart rate, acceleration, and position via GPS. This could be used, for example, as the basis of a personal fitness tracker.
Using a Dust Sensor to Estimate Particulate Levels
Low-cost optical dust sensors can be used to estimate particulate pollution levels.
This page describes how to setup and calibrate a pH sensor.
This project describes how to use the Grove Motor Shield to drive a pair of motors. It includes a sample Arduino sketch. Later we'll expand this project include building a simple sonar-based or line-following robot.
Solar Power Measurement
This page describes how to set up a solar panel for power measurement.
This project covers the construction of a microcontroller monitored plant growing box. The microcontroller monitors the temperature, humidity, soil moisture, and light inside the plant box.
Air Quality Measurement Station
This page describes setting up an air quality monitoring station. This is a work in progress; we're currently creating prototype systems.
Creating Data Sets
This document shows how to create a data set and prepare it for uploading data from a remote source.
This project describes a computer-controlled robot that can take measurements or perform science experiments. The default configuration is an autosampler, with a sensor attached to an X-Y-Z positioning mechanism. You can also attach a pipette or USB microscope to the device.
Using Python with Arduino
This page describes how to interact with an Arduino from Python code.
Grove Physics Kit
This page provides documentation for the Grove Physics Kit from Seeed Studio. The kit is designed for teaching physics in classrooms. It includes a force sensor, pulley rotation sensor, laser gate, sonar sensor, accelerometer, and compass.