Where Science Meets Art!

HiveBio is happy to announce a new class series that begins this weekend: Where Science Meets Art! Each of the classes in this series will explore both a science concept and an art concept, and bring those concepts together in new and exciting ways!

Our first class in this series is an owl pellet dissection combined with a lesson in resin casting.

A pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird’s pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth.

In this workshop we will learn about the biology of owl pellets: how they’re formed, what they’re used for in ornithology. Each student will learn to carefully dissect an owl pellet to see whats inside. After the dissection, the class will move on to learn resin casting by casting the bones from within the owl pellets in clear resin.

Each student gets to keep their bony creation! Materials included in ticket price.

Purchase tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2997886

HiveBio now has…Hives!

The day has finally come! Thanks to the awesomeness of our new Master Beekeeper Colette Taylor, and her Apprentice, Allie Kerr, HiveBio has an ongoing beekeeping community project that our members can join! The information about how to join that is upcoming. For the moment, we’ve got two new Biology of Bees classes scheduled. Please join us to learn about the wonderful world of bees!

Click the images below to register for the classes:

 

HiveBio Discussion Series: Let There be Light

From phytoplankton to the first fluorescent tree froglight – bioluminescence and fluorescence – is a pervasive and fascinating phenomenon in nature. But glowing life has also proven to be a critical tool for the world of DIYbiology.

What makes life glow, why does it happen, and how does it stimulate scientific advancement? Joins us this week at the HiveBio Discussion on Wed, Mar 15th at 730 PM at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave E) to be part of the discussion.

 

An Awesome and Unconventional Use for Science

Sometimes expecting parents decide to reveal the gender of their child to themselves in exciting ways – colored frosting inside of cupcakes or cakes. Bite into the sweet, and the color of the frosting lets you know the gender of your baby. At HiveBio Community Lab, we do it a little different. We do it with science!

We were approached by the awesome Andre and Lyndsey, who are due in June 2017. They wanted to find out the gender of their little one in the funnest possible way – an explosive chemical reaction! Using the Elephant Toothpaste experiment prepared by HiveBio’s Chief Science Officer, Scott Canaga, they would find out if their yet-to-be-born baby is a boy or girl!

After opening the sealed envelope from the family’s doctor, Scott prepared the colored solution in an obstructed flask. Andre and Lyndsey poured the final chemical in the solution and BOOM! The reaction ensues.

Do do your own Elephant Toothpaste reaction, see these instructions!

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HiveBio Hearts You: Valentine’s Heart Dissection Class

Did someone steal your heart this Valentines Day? HiveBios got you covered with a spare!

This Valentines Day, stop by the HiveBio lab for our Sheep Heart Dissection Class and learn more about Februarys favorite internal organ.

This class focuses on the pathway that blood takes in a typical four-chambered heart, what makes blood red (or green, if youre a spider or a Vulcan!), and how electricity drives the machine that powers your life.

In this lab-based class, participants will have a chance to determine hematocrit (the percentage of red blood cells in a sample), ABO and Rh blood type, ECG measurements, and of course- dissection of a sheep heart. All materials will provided, and the class costs $55 for participant.

Pre-registration for this workshop is required in order for us to have your heart ready for you. Register ahead of time to ensure HiveBio can give our heart to you!

You can register by clicking this link to Brown Paper Tickets.

Don’t forget to sign up for Molecule World this weekend!

Molecule Worlds: Genetics, Chemistry, and Art
Sat., Jan 21st, 2-5PM

Did you know that the shape and structure of molecules have a radical effect on their utility and function? From proteins to DNA, long-chain lipids to small organic molecules, their composition and 3-dimensional structure are critically important to how they work, and what they do!molecule-world-1-21-17_web

In a class led by Dr. Sandra Porter, you’ll envision exactly how and why these structures matter. You’ll learn how DNA is put together by its properties, how mutant proteins cause albino cats, how protein folding dictates functionality, why some viruses are resistant to anti-viral drugs, and why some people develop diseases like breast cancer by use of Sandra’s 3D visualization program called Molecule World.

After this class, you’ll be able to share your new-found love of biological formalism with a structural image of your favorite molecule printed on a T-shirt!

This class will take place at HiveBio on January 21, 2017 from 2-5PM. Pre-registration is required so we can ensure we order the right size T-shirt for you. Make sure you fill out the survey and tell us what size t-shirt you’ll need!

What to bring:

– A white T shirt (optional). HiveBio will provide T-shirts, but if you want one that you know fits the way you like, get a blank cotton T-shirt and bring it along.
– An iPad (optional). We will have some iPads available for the workshop, but if you have one, you might like to bring it.
– If you’re bringing an iPad, download and install a copy of Molecule World ($5.99 in the iTunes store) before the workshop.

Maximum class size is 10 $35 per participant.

Please register on Brown Paper Tickets today so we know you’re coming!
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2508629

 

HiveBio Discussion Series: Amal Graafstra and DIY body-hacking

What is the line boundary humanity and technology, and what happens when we blur that line? Amal Graafstra, noted DIY body-hacker, has been pushing this boundary of body augmentation by pioneering practices in DIY radio-frequency identification (RFID) device implantation, allowing him to communication with the technological world around him. This month in the HiveBio Discussion Series, Graafstra will be discussing his journey in RFID-implantation and the future of human-technology interactions.

Joins us this Wednesday, January 18th at 730 at Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Ave E) to be part of the discussion!

Amal Graafstra Discussion

Build a robot postponed; Sign up now for Memories Molecules and Medicines

Missed your chance to sign up for our new Build-a-Robot class? Then great news – you’ve got another chance! We’ve decided to extended the sign up period for this class by offering it at a later date (yet to be announced).

Our next class is on January 14th when we dive into the world of scent with Memories, Molecules, and Medicines. Click the link to sign up now!buildarobot-12-17-16_web

From robots to noses – check out our upcoming classes!

BUILD A ROBOT
Saturday, Dec 17th 2-5PM

Ever wonder how robotics can be used in science? In our modern world, automation is becoming more and more important in researcbuildarobot-12-17-16_webh and technology development. Even in the squishy sciences like biology, technology holds a critical and valuable place for researchers and enthusiasts alike. If youre interested in learning more about robotics, and how we can use engineering to help solve science problems in a hands-on workshop, with real robots and a fun take-home project! In this workshop, students will address the question: How can robots be leveraged in Biology? They’ll get hands-on experience with the OpenTrons One robot: https://opentrons.com/ Students can also expect to take home their own robot that they build at HiveBio during the workshop! This workshop is suitable for ages 13 and up. Pre-registration for this workshop is strongly advised so that we can ensure that we have enough parts on hand to make our robots. Walk-ins are accepted.

Please register on Brown Paper Tickets today so we know you’re coming! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2721853

 

 

Memories, Molecules, and Medicines: the science of Fragrance and Essential Oils
Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2-5PM


Fragrances are ubiquitous in our environment – from plants and foods to cosmetics and cleaning products. HiveBio invites you to explore the sense of smell and the molecules responsible for fragrances through this interactive workshop presented by Dr. Reitha Weeks. You will learn about the physiology of smell, test your ability to identify smells, investigate product labels and evaluate aromatherapy claims.

Understanding the biology behind our sense of smell and the chemistry behind fragrances opens the door to the amazing world of fragrances and their uses. How can a favorite smell call up pleasant memories? Can a small change in a molecule’s shape yield a very different smell? What is an essential oil and how is it used? These are just a few of the topics that will be covered.

You will test your sense of smell in multiple activities and investigate fragrance labeling on consumer products. Distilling essential oil from lavender will lead into a discussion about the uses of essential oils. You will take home lotion samples with fragrances of your choice.

Maximum class size for this workshop is 9 students, $25 per participant. Pre-registration required to attend this class, sorry, no walk-ins!

This class is not suitable for chemical or fragrance sensitive individuals. The subject matter for this class is above an elementary level, this class is not suitable for children under 7th grade.

Please register on Brown Paper Tickets today!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713810

 

Molecule Worlds: Genetics, Chemistry, and Art
Sat., Jan 21st, 2-5PM

Did you know that the shape and structure of molecules have a radical effect on their utility and function? From proteins to DNA, long-chain lipids to small organic molecules, their composition and 3-dimensional structure are critically important to how they work, and what they do!molecule-world-1-21-17_web

In a class led by Dr. Sandra Porter, you’ll envision exactly how and why these structures matter. You’ll learn how DNA is put together by its properties, how mutant proteins cause albino cats, how protein folding dictates functionality, why some viruses are resistant to anti-viral drugs, and why some people develop diseases like breast cancer by use of Sandra’s 3D visualization program called Molecule World.

After this class, you’ll be able to share your new-found love of biological formalism with a structural image of your favorite molecule printed on a T-shirt!

This class will take place at HiveBio on January 21, 2017 from 2-5PM. Pre-registration is required so we can ensure we order the right size T-shirt for you. Make sure you fill out the survey and tell us what size t-shirt you’ll need!

What to bring:

– A white T shirt (optional). HiveBio will provide T-shirts, but if you want one that you know fits the way you like, get a blank cotton T-shirt and bring it along.
– An iPad (optional). We will have some iPads available for the workshop, but if you have one, you might like to bring it.
– If you’re bringing an iPad, download and install a copy of Molecule World ($5.99 in the iTunes store) before the workshop.

Maximum class size is 10 $35 per participant.

Please register on Brown Paper Tickets today so we know you’re coming!
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2508629