Are you a “water curious?”. Does a certain temperature and muddy water mean the water is healthy, or do we need water full of useful stuff for animals to live in it?
City Water is a workshop for kids led by Gemma Latham (UK) and Elisabeth Weihe (NO) for PikselKidz, 19-21 November 2015, Piksel 15, Bergen, Norway. In this workshop children became environmental biologists for two days, “making” their own computer sensors and devices to test the water. They floated their kits on the Bergen shores to find out how the water is doing.
– Read more here
15-16.05.2015: Currently participates in Do it Anyway Festival, Access Space, Sheffield, UK with the workshop ShrimpCraft! Tools for the water curious
This was the first time that we held a workshop in a landlocked environment. Interesting to learn about the canalised waterways of Sheffield and discuss their connection to the sea. The area around and about Access Space is full of redundant steel factories. The waterways are in need of restoration. They are currently no-go areas with fences restricting access . Many abandoned and occupied buildings are to be found, as well as a an amazing ‘collection’ of graffiti. We tested the quality of the water running through the waterways via our DIY ShrimCrafts and found that despite many turbulent particles, it seemed quite clean. Judith Ruth, the author of the book ‘Depth Technologies’ says :
Depth has become profound even as it has become increasingly superficial. The idea that the deep harbours the truth is an old one; surfaces have prevaricated since the Greeks, appearances deceive, and it is foolhardy to trust the eyes. IDepth has become profound even as it has become increasingly superficial. The idea that the deep harbours the truth is an old one; surfaces have prevaricated since the Greeks, appearances deceive, and it is foolhardy to trust the eyes.
– If Currently’s water sensing kits work, then this is certainly true!
More photos HERE
ShrimpCraft!: SmartBuoy Workshop: DIY Tools for the water curious
National Museums Liverpool Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool UK
30th August, 2014 12pm – 4pm
Ross Dalziel, computer scientist Adrian McEwen from DoESLiverpool and artist and sailor Elisabeth Weihe will be running a ShrimpCraft workshop with National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Maritime Museum on the Albert Dock in Liverpool on Saturday 30th August 2014 as part of their Dock watch programme.
It’s a drop-in workshop for families of all ages and a chance to build your own water sensing computer and visualise data like temperature and turbidity using flashing LEDs but you can also visualise its data in processing and even draw bar graphs on a minecraft server through Ross’ Minecraft of Things project
This drop-in workshop features learning and building an Arduino compatible ‘shrimp’ on a breadboard with water quality sensors. You can then make floating buoys from waste plastic and test them on the dockside. The ShrimpCraft computers will then become a resource for future workshops in the museum and schools in the North West. It’s also a chance to learn Morse code, make and take home LED morse ‘throwies’
Elisabeth and her co-sailor Magnus will be talking to people about their research journey between Oslo and Liverpool and showing them seaweed soap.
Ross Dalziel will be using kits developed (and available for anyone from the Shimping website) with Shrimping.it, Octopus Collective and North Walney Primary School with support from Natural England
You can read the blog post about developing the kits we will be using here
Photo from Currently 13 Hackspace, Liverpool