DIY Neuroscience: Build Your Own SpikerBox

“The brain is complex, but extremely fascinating. We need more people interested in studying the brain because 20% of the world will have a neurological disorder… and there are no cures! To study the brain, you typically have to be a graduate student at a major university. Not any more! Backyard Brains enables everyone to be a neuroscientist! We provide affordable neuroscience experiment kits for students of all ages to learn (hands-on) about electrophysiology. Now everyone from schoolchildren to grad students and every grade in between can experiment with similar tools used by real neuroscientists worldwide! By following a few simple steps, everyone can experience first-hand how the brain communicates with our senses, memories, hopes, and desires.”

- Backyard Brains

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If you’re interested in neuroscience and/or electronics, then this is the class for you! Together, we’ll each build our own SpikerBoxes from Backyard Brains. SpikerBoxes monitor the action potential (electric activity) of neurons. With just your SpikerBox and a smartphone or computer, you’ll be able to see and hear the electrical activity of neurons in real time!

This class is being offered on Saturday, June 11th, 1-5PM and all materials are provided. This class requires some soldering, but don’t worry if you have no experience – the HiveBio team will be here to help you out. We will need to download the Backyard Brains app to view our data. To ensure that everyone gets their own SpikerBox ($50 SpikerBox included in ticket price), registration closes May 30th.

Please check out the Backyard Brains website for more information about their Spikerboxes! Presented by Bergen McMurray, HiveBio Co-founder and CEO. This class is recommended for students ages 12 and up.

**PRE REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS REQUIRED!**

**REGISTRATION SALES ARE FINAL AND CANNOT BE REFUNDED!**

Register for this class on Brown Paper Tickets today! 

Engineering genetic circuits: Algorithms and advances in synthetic biology

From basic feed forward loops to the repressilator, the principles of circuit design guide

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both natural and synthetic gene expression in bacteria. Much of our basic understand of genetic control systems is borrowed from our expertise in designing and fabricating mechanical and electrical parts. But how do we standardize a circuit board as complex as a genome, what tools do we use and how do we implement them? Join us as HiveBio bridges the gap between in silico and in vivo, discussing how citizens, students, and scientists guide the development of standardized genetic circuits.
Be part of the discussion on Wednesday, 18th May at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave E on the Hill)

Hey you! Put that nose to good use on May 14th!

Fragrances

A freshly mown lawn, a crackling bonfire’s smoke, or piping hot chicken soup on a cold day. All these and other smells conjure warm memories, emotions, primal fears and human relationships, far beyond the basic sense of smell. With a nose that can distinguish one trillion different scents, we carry one of the world’s best molecular detectors. But how much do we really know about smell and its effect on our lives? How does fragrance drive our moods? How do we perceive it and describe it to others?

Come explore the sense of smell from the biology that makes it possible to the chemistry behind fragrances and essential oils. Led by Reitha Weeks, PhD, we’ll investigate product labels and aromatherapy claims, test your ability to identify smells, and extract essential oils for you to take home. So let’s dive into the world of smells you’ll be surprised how much there is to learn.

This course is running on May 14th, 2016 from 2-5PM at the HiveBio Labs, and is one of our most popular to date! Register for this course by clicking here!

*Please note that this class is not suitable for those with chemical or fragrance sensitivities.*

 

 

 

Going minimalist: Tracking the hunt for the world’s simplest cell.

On March 24th, 2016 the J. Craig Venter Institute announced they had successfully developed a free-living cell with the smallest possible genome. Unlike their first synthetic cells made in 2010 from a preexisting bacterial genome, this organism, affectionately named JCVI-syn3.0, is made entirely from scratch.

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What does JCVI-syn3.0 mean for the future of genomics? Are we witnessing a new age of synthetic biology? Will we be able to match our ethical standards to our technological progress?

Join us on April 20th at 7:30PM in Ada’s Technical Books for a discussion on going minimalist: tracking the hunt for the world’s simplest cells.

 

The zombies are coming!

Will you survive the Zombie Apocalypse when it hits Seattle? Join this class to find out!

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In a world where the Undead have taken over our beloved Emerald City, we’re the last one standings, holding out in HiveBio’s labs. But how can we tell if those among us have already been bitten and are a ticking timebomb of insatiable brain biters? With HiveBio’s Regina Wu, we’ll learn how to use ELISA to detect zombie-virus antibodies  - and find out who to keep away from.

In this course, you can expect to learn introductory level science on zombies, viruses, our immune system, and ELISA. You’ll be able to get some hands-on ELISA practice and make an your own antibody model- lest you forget what the Zombie Virus looks like!

April 23rd, 2016: Zombie Apocalypse! 2-5PM

Register for this course by clicking here!

This course is recommended for ages 12 and up.

 

Science of Lotions Class Postponed

LotionsThe bad news:

We’re postponing our Science of Lotions Class originally scheduled for March 19th

The good news:

You can still sign up for its reprisal on June 4th!

Chapped lips, dry hands, flakey skin – whenever we need a good dermal balm for our woes we jump to lotion. But what are we really rubbing all over our skin, and who is in charge of regulating it? What can a label tell us about the lotion we’re using – and what can it hide from us?

In this class with Dr. Reitha Weeks, we’ll examine the science behind lotions: what makes them good, what makes them bad, and who decides if they’re safe. During this class, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own lotion to take home and share!

Register for this course by clicking here.

Come learn about the science of lotions!

LotionsChapped lips, dry hands, flakey skin – whenever we need a good dermal balm for our woes we jump to lotion. But what are we really rubbing all over our skin, and who is in charge of regulating it? What can a label tell us about the lotion we’re using – and what can it hide from us?

In this class with Dr. Reitha Weeks, we’ll examine the science behind lotions: what makes them good, what makes them bad, and who decides if they’re safe. During this class, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own lotion to take home and share!

This class is scheduled for March 19th from 2-5PM. Spots are still available, be sure to sign up today! Register for this course by clicking here.

Know thyself: Experimenting with your microbiome

The little guys inside your gut get a lot of press these days; from academic articles to popular science pages, everyone’s talking about the human microbiome (even the government has jumped on board). But beyond the ivory tower or hallowed halls of the NIH, understanding your own flora has very personal implications. After all, with millions of bacteria lining every inch of every surface in your body, to know them is to know thyself.richardspraguespeaking
Richard Sprague, software exec and bio-hacker known for his self-experiments, is taking this self awareness one-step further: into the world of DIY bio. Using 16s sequencing, Sprague has done a series of experiments on his own microbiome, including a recent attempt to restart his gut microbiome. His article How to Analyze Your Own Microbiome appeared in the July 2015 issue of O’Reilly’s BioCoder magazine. Join us as he discusses his latest microbiome experiments, and what he learned from comparing his test results with others.
HiveBio Discussion Series takes place at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15 Ave E on the Hill) at 7:30 PM Wed. March 16th.

Check out our new classes!

 HiveBio has some new courses for you to check out!

We’ve lined up three cool new courses for you, one each month, detailed below. For more about these and other courses, check out our class registration page or see all of our upcoming events by searching ‘HiveBio’ at Brown Paper Tickets.

Lotions

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Join us for another round of one of our most popular courses! Led by Dr. Reitha Weeks, you’ll explore how lotions are made – and how the government regulates what goes into them. You’ll even be able to make and take home your own lotion!

Register for the course by clicking here.

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Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse to hit Seattle? In this fun course, HiveBio’s Regina Wu will teach you how to find the amongst us using ELISA immunoassay techniques. See how long you’ll make it before you turn!

Register for this course by clicking here

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Come explore the sense of smell  from the biology that makes it possible to the chemistry behind fragrances and essential oils.  Led by Reitha Weeks, PhD, we’ll investigate product labels and aromatherapy claims, test your ability to identify smells, and extract essential oils for you to take home.

Register for this course by clicking here!

 

If you like these courses, be sure to check out our other upcoming classes by visiting our class registration page!

Mosquitoes in the spotlight: Ethics, science, and the Zika virus

Zika has been making some big headlines in the last year. With 1.6 million new cases since April 2015, this mosquito-borne virus has grown well beyond its initial outbreak in Brazil, right up to our doorstep. Can we fight the spread of Zika virus with genetically engineered mosquitoes? And even if we can, should we?mozzies_spelledright_details

Join us for our bimonthly discussion group at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave E on the Hill) at 7:30 PM this Wednesday, Feb 17th as we talk about Mosquitoes in the spotlight: Ethics, science, and the Zika Virus.

 

Facilitated by HiveBio member Max Showalter, the discussion group is the perfect place to learn more about HiveBio Community Lab, discuss a project that you have in mind, talk about an interesting development in bioscience, and meet like-minded citizen scientists. See you there!

For questions please call 6515870548, or let us know you’re going here.