MidiChlrorians, Microbes, Mud, and the Force IRL

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MidiChlrorians, Microbes, Mud, and the Force IRL
DIY microbial fuel-cell: making microbes make electricity. With mud.

Microbes are alive, invisible, everywhere (especially inside you), and (luckily) can be used to power things.


"Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. They continually speak to us, telling us the will of the Force. When you learn to quiet your mind, you'll hear them speaking to you." -- Qui Gon Jinn, Star Wars.

Midi-Chlorians in real life: Microbes. 

Microbes power you. You have more bacterial cells than YOU cells that make you you. Non-human cells outnumber human cells by (at least) 1.3 times! Does this mean we're more alien than we think? 

Could we harness the power of "The Force" by harnessing the power of these microbes?

We're interested in 2 MagicalMicrobes: SHIWANELLA and GEOBACTER​​​​​​​. They live in MUD and can produce electricityThey're quite happily found anywhere on the surface of the planet Earth, which conveniently is where we all live.

In this workshop we'll be using mud to make your very own fuel-cell powered by magical microbes. We'll talk about how this works, and wire up a tiny circuit that harnesses this tiny microbial power to produce light. 

Mud, Materials, Gloves, and hand-sanitzer all provided. Come play with mud.

The number of participants for the workshop is limited to 15. There is a sign up sheet available at the Makerspace - first come first serve.