USD 500 microgrants available for workshops, short courses

Up to 20 microgrants of USD 500

are available to organisations to run STEM workshops or short courses, to be held by May 31 2023. Applications are accepted now until Saturday March 25.

The goal of the workshops or short courses should be to teach, deploy, or experiment with open science hardware tools and their related software applications, at any level of difficulty to any audience, in a hands-on manner, to participants that will put that knowledge to practical and immediate use. If this event kicks off or is part of a series of similar events, that would be preferred. See Selection Criteria below for more on what we are looking for.

Examples of such events are:

  • Citizen/community science workshop teaching how and why to
    operate, deploy, retrieve a data logger.
  • Starting an open science hardware club or initiative at your school, university or maker space.
  • Teaching open science hardware principles to high school students to encourage them to share future projects - Funding for existing science club events focused on open science hardware.

To be eligible,

  • The applicant must be an organisation (funds cannot be disbursed
    to individuals);
  • The event aligns with the GOSH manifesto and ethos;
  • The organisation and event are not in a location that is under a
    US embargo (sorry about that).

To apply,

post to this thread, addressing every one of these 9 points with a short paragraph each at most. Earlier application posts are chosen over later ones if a tie breaker is needed during the selection process.

  1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).
  2. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.
  3. Email address by which you may be contacted.
  4. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?
  5. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.
  6. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.
  7. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?
  8. What you will use the grant for, roughly.
  9. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects
    can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense
    of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this
    course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

Timeline

Applications are accepted now until the end of Saturday March 25 2023 anywhere on earth.

Then the review process begins, and lasts until the end of Saturday April 1. We’ll formally reject ineligible applications at this time. All applicants are obliged to be involved in reviewing the remaining applications, details on this simple process involving the selection criteria below will be provided later.

Results of the review process will be announced on Tuesday April 4.

Your event must have occurred by Wednesday May 31,

After your event, please update us (via the forum) on how it went, and this can fulfill in part the item 9 above for your next application.

Selection criteria

These are the criteria by which applications are evaluated during the review process.

  • Meets programme criteria: the proposal is for the described target audience and purpose, it involves open hardware and its use for science.
  • Value and impact of the event: you think the activities have a high chance of success in promoting open hardware for science with their target audience.
  • Ongoing impact: The proposal described activities that are intended and likely to lead to ongoing projects, courses or communities developing or using open science hardware (prioritised compared to one-off events).
  • Feasibility: The proposal seems accomplishable given the described timeline, goals, and budget. Budget seems reasonable and includes estimated costs, requested costs, and costs covered by other sources. All expenses are justified.
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Amazing!!!

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where do one submit the application for this grant?

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Hello, How do we submit? Share details

Regards,

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You reply to the email to submit. It’s detailed in the opening email. :slight_smile:

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You just reply to this post

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1- Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).

Andrew Quitmeyer - Dinalab

  1. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Digital Naturalism - Jungle Tech Workshop Series

  1. Email address by which you may be contacted.

andrew.quitmeyer@gmail.com

  1. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

Arduino
3D printing
Raspberry Pi
Arducam
OpenCV
OpenFlexure

  1. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

At Digital Naturalism Labs (Dinalab) in Gamboa, Panama, we have been doing free weekly consulting and workshops about open science hardare for the community of local artists and scientists who live in the rainforest surrounding us. Because we ran out of a lot of our original budget, we haven’t had many of these workshops over the past couple years.

This would be a series of 6 weekly workshops open to the public. Each workshop would run around 3 hours including all materials participants may need (they should supply their own laptop if possible). We will work with about 10-14 participants at a time. The workshops will provide an introduction to help focus on a different open-science hardware techniques such as

-Arduino - Sensors
-Arduino - Stimulators
-Wireless Radio Communication
-Camera Traps (and hacking them)
-3D printing
-Mold making
-Raspberry Pi
-Computer Vision
-3D Scanning
-Electronics, Soldering, and Circuit Making
-Intro to Open Source Software for project management and workflows
-DIY Open Source Microscopy
-Intro to GOSH-like communities

  1. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

These actvities are the main goal of our lab :slight_smile: We have done it in the past, and will do it in the future. The grant will help us kickstart these activities sooner and be better able to provide longer lasting, more organized teaching outputs for others to use and build off. This set of workshops will also help us apply for more funding to continue these activities in a professional way!

  1. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?

I plan to patent and copyright all the teaching materials (ahahhah JK), - I will openly share all the materials we use to teach and what comes out of it on the forums, licensed as public domain as we can (for libraries and stuff we make use of, we will use whatever their open license is)

  1. What you will use the grant for, roughly.

-$250 will go towards project time for us to document and share the resources
-$200 will go towards extra electronics and consumables to teach with
-$50 will go towards helping transportation costs for locals who want to attend but couldn’t make it to the workshops without additional funds.

  1. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects
    can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this
    course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

We run REALLY big MONTHS LONG workshops about open science hardware: www.dinacon.org

and we share everything we make open source.

Also helped run the latest GOSH in panama!

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  1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf)
    Shams Jaber, The Tech Academy (a brand of Gamify Limited)

  2. Name of the event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.
    Robots and Music - Arduino-based robots and musical instruments

  3. Email address by which you may be contacted.
    shams@thetechacademy.net

  4. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?
    Arduino, Sensor, Processing IDE, Actuators(Arduino-based), Display and Motors(Arduino-based)

  5. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, and how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.
    At two of our FabLabs in Dhaka and Chittagong, we will be hosting a series of workshops to teach children (aged 8- 16) how to build robots with open-source hardware such as Arduino and incorporate music in the projects they make. The Tech Academy specializes in teaching Robotics, Animation and Game Development to children. Also, I am a passionate musician and songwriter. This is to inspire new students to join our programs in the future where they can build their own unique musical instruments and play them and compose unique music using them. We’re aiming for 15 - 20 attendees per in-person session. Each session will be 2 to 3 hours with new students and there will be 4 sessions per week combined (2 in Dhaka and 2 in Chittagong).

  6. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.
    The participants can continue studying in our future program if interested since we hold various workshops and competitions with different schools both locally and globally.

  7. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?
    All resources/sources will be available to people who visit our websites as well as our lab in Dhaka.

  8. What you will use the grant for, roughly.
    300 USD - Hardware parts/Kits
    100 USD - Allowance for trainers
    100 USD - Rent & Refreshments

  9. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

A. Six weeks of Summer Camp - Redirecting...
B.
Week 2 Summer camp was yet another... - The Tech Academy | Facebook
3. Redirecting...
4. Tech Wars - TECH WARS ⚙️🧠😎🔥
We had around 60 participants in Tech Wars 1.0! It was lovely having you all join the event. The social media challenge awaits for those of you who... | By The Tech Academy | Facebook

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Hi GOSH,

When is the closing date for this microgrants?

@Ebuka above in the second sentence it says

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  1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).
    Frank Bentum - Africa Open Science & Hardware(AfricaOSH)

  2. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.
    AfricaOSH Open Hardware workshop

  3. Email address by which you may be contacted.
    frank@africaosh.com

  4. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?
    Arduino
    3D printer

  5. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.
    The workshop will focus on the concept of open hardware in Ghana and in Africa. An interactive session with makers, students and open hardware enthusiasts, discussing the concept of open hardware in an African context, the opportunities offered by open hardware to Africa and also communities like AfricaOSH and GOSH communities, which provide support for open hardware makers around the continent and the globe. An introduction to open source hardware prizes like the Hackaday prize which rewards open hardware makers working on open source hardware projects.
    This workshop is for students (high schoolers and university students), makers, and open hardware enthusiasts. We are looking at hosting between 20 - 25 people for this session during the last week of April (one of 27 or 28 April). The workshop will be in person.
    Participants will have the chance to learn valuable skills, as the workshop includes a hands-on session that will teach them how to build a DIY Arduino-based thermometer gun.

  6. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.
    We intend to make this workshop a series of workshops, possibly across various regions in Africa (In collaboration with our community members in these countries). The plan is to organise an inclusive event that is committed to promoting open and collaborative approaches to science and technology in Africa, and to building capacity in open science and hardware.

  7. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?
    All related outputs from software to hardware used in building the thermometer gun will be open (we will document the entire process and share it on [AfricArXiv](https://africarxiv.org and our website) and also all open forums.

  8. What you will use the grant for, roughly.
    Hackaday has agreed, in principle, to also sponsor some part of the workshop. (Space, Catering Allowance for facilitators, Internet access)
    We will then use the GOSH microgrant for:
    a. USD 380 - Hardware parts for 20 - 25 participants
    Arduino Pro Mini
    FTDI FT232R
    USB Mini
    TP4056
    Tactile Push Button
    0.96" OLED
    Smd Battery Holder
    3.7v Lithium Ion Cell
    b. Notepads and pens for the participants - USD 40
    c. Media and Documentation - USD 80

  9. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects
    can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense
    of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this
    course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.
    https://africaosh.com/

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  1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).

Dauda Mustapha -Noni Makerspace

  1. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

RoboKids Boot Camp

  1. Email address by which you may be contacted.

mustapha@nonihub.org

  1. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

Arduino prototyping platform

  1. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

This is boot camp will focus on teaching children living in the upper west region of Ghana (between the ages of 6 and 13 years) how to assemble and program Arduino Robots.It will be a 6 days Boot camp which we hope to start from Monday 15 May to Saturday 20, 2023 in which participants will be present mainly in-person. Over the past few years we’ve engaged kids of these ages in various STEM education in these areas. We want to help expand to reach more audience in the coming years. We will be expecting about a number of about 30 to 40 children.

  1. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

We have a long term future plan of engaging these kids in there schools which we be forming STEM clubs and making the beneficiaries lead the clubs and also be ambassadors of STEM education in their schools

  1. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available Will these outputs carry an open licence?

All teaching materials will be based on open source platforms both hardware and software.
As we be using the Arduino platform and STEMpedia platform

  1. What you will use the grant for, roughly.
    The grant will mainly be used for the acquisition of the following;

-Arduino kits
-Robot car chassis
-Stipends for facilitator
-Dc motors and moto drivers
-Snacks for the kids

  1. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects
    can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense
    of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this
    course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

(Creative Kids)

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1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).

Jeanne Mainetti, Myxonautes

  1. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Daykomb

3. Email address by which you may be contacted.

contact@myxonautes.org

  1. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

We will focus on the way to facilitate the documentation during the process of making grow bacterial cellulosis (inovative material) through a captation system of photo, data and text. The idea is to be able to document in real time the growth of the material with data of temperature, humidity and oxygene.
We will focus on the following tools :

  • Rasberry Pi
  • Oxygen and temperature sensors
  • Git and static website
  • Materials for low tech and mobile fermentation chamber
5. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

The workshop will takes place on April 30 at the BIB Hackerspace in Montpellier with 15 attendees. It will be an experimentation and reflexion about the documentation of the low tech and mobile fermentation chamber of the KOMB project which aims to develop an open hardware device for the culture of an innovative material from the fermentation of the kombucha drink: bacterial cellulose.

6. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

Myxonautes is a non profit organisation who provides biohacking workshops. This will be the second event of the KOMB project.
It will be followed by a 5 days workshop at Nîmes University with a class of 25 students of the design field in october 2023.

  1. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?

Anyone can create, obtain, study, modify, distribute, use, and share designs of the “low tech and mobile fermentation chamber”. Outputs event will carry an open Licence.

General documentation :

The documentation of the device will be presented on the website of the design laboratory PROJEKT (https://projekt.unimes.fr/) and the static website hold by Myxonautes, independent of the academic institution (in development), itself fully copyable and transformable with a fork of the git repository from which it is generated. It will give access to the construction plans of the device (modeled in 3D on the free software BLENDER), to explanatory diagrams of the microbiological ecosystems present (drawn on the free software KRITA) as well as to the monitoring data of the device in operation.

Monitoring :

Currently, this data is collected using oxygen and temperature sensors installed inside or in the immediate environment of the device. These sensors are connected by wire to an ESP32 microcontroller, programmed with ESP HOME, which communicates via the local network (wifi) with a small computer called RASPBERRY PI operating thanks to an operating system derived from DEBIAN called RASPIOS. The RASPBERRY PI uses the MOSQITTO agent to receive MQTT protocol messages from the ESP32. It then stores the data in a CSV file.

For the moment it is possible to read this file by connecting your computer to the local network on which the RASPBERRY PI is also connected.

The workshop will experiment how it would be possible for the future to process the CSV with RRDTOOL in order to obtain graphics in PNG format.

Tables, graphs and real-time data could also be available on a staticwebsite (generated from a git repository) which would reference this information by http links pointing directly to a web server installed on the RAPSPBERRY IP.

The data would thus be interoperable and available in real time for any visitor to the website or the physical premises hosting the device.

  1. What you will use the grant for, roughly.

    100 $ : wifi device
    400 $ : material construction of the low tech and mobile fermentation chamber (stainless steel structure, plastic container, fabric for protective covers)

  2. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects
    can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense
    of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this
    course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

10 days workshop on january 2023 : https://workshop-kombucha.myxonautes.org/
group project exemple : Ça sent le design
Myxonautes website : https://myxonautes.org/

1- Name: JAFSIA ELISEE
Organization: Service for Inclusive Development (SDI) (Service pour le Developpement Inclusif)
2- Name of event: Digital electronics for High School students of GBHS Pintchoumba
3- Email: jafsiaelisee@gmail.com
4- What Open Science Hardwares tool(s) will be the forms will be the focus of your event?
The Open Hardware we will be working on is the Arduino Kit with various sensors. We will particularly focus on the realisation of some projects with the students.
5- Describe your courses and workshop, why and what is it for? Where and when it will be held , how many attendees (IRC or virtual) you expect
The Pintchoumba Bilingual High School is a newly created one in the northern part of Cameroon with about fifteen students in the Form 5 Science section. These students have Physics as subject and particularly electronics. In a rural context, they do content themselves with theoretical and calculus dur to lack of lab materials. The 21st century skills in science and engineering require them to learn to do this in a practical way. It is with this in mind that we intend to train these fifteen young people and their Physics teacher in the use of Arduino kits. This training workshop is scheduled to be held on April 15, 16,17,18, 2023 at the end of each day’s classes, and would be an in-person training workshop.
6- Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event or is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event?
If so describe, the intentions and plans here
For the sustainability of the initiative, we intend to bequeath to the Principal of the School the Arduino kits and the sensors which will be purchased so that the students continue to have access to them. A Google Classroom will be created and will serve as a channel for sharing resources and discussions after this training workshop.

7- What events output (teaching materials, curricula, software, etc) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open license?

It will be made available to the students training supports about digital electronics. Digital resources will also be shared in the continuity of the training in order to maintain the skills acquired by the learners.

8- What will you use the grant for roughly
Round trip to Pintchoumba: $70
Internet: $50
Folders: $40
Notepad: $60
Prints and photocopies: $60
Snacks and refreshments: $40
Pens: $30
Arduino kits (x2): $150
9- JAFSIA Elisee on LinkedIn: Teach for Success (T4S) workshop organized at Poli High School this day…

  1. Your name, and that of your organisation

@dusjagr Marc Dusseiller, International Hackteria Society

  1. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Hackteria ZET - Open Science Lab presents:
Soil Microscopy Workshop and bio-VJ Night

  1. Email address by which you may be contacted.

marc@dusseiller.ch

  1. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

DIY microscopy, hacked webcams, digital fabrication for re-designing the microscope stage, open source VJ software and motion tracking

  1. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

Since summer 2020, we have finally initiated an Open Science Lab in our shared hackerspace in Zurich. Sadly we couldnt kick-off a larger and regular workshop programme yet, that focuses on open hardware for science. Partially due to the pandemic situation, and other activities internationally.
See more:
https://www.hackteria.org/projects/news/hackteria-zet-open-science-lab-in-zurich/
We take this oportunity to start a new series of DIY and open source scientific instrument workshops and aiming to grow a local community around our lab. We are situated in the heart of a large cultural space and can reach out to many groups in the house, from climate activist to musicians, queer & feminist groups to geeky makers.

The day will be a two part program.
In the afternoon, we will introduce some basic ideas about microscopy, showing our pallete of professional and self-made microscopes. We will then re-design our laser cut stage, and guide the participants through the process of making their own DIY microoscope from a hacked webcam.
We will then focus mostly on using these for the analysis of soils and local water bodies.
This workshop has been the “classic” hackteria style approach since it’s inception in 2009, but it’s always a great success and amazing reactions and enjoyment by the participants.
See more info on the hackteria wiki:
https://www.hackteria.org/wiki/DIY_microscopy#DIY_microscopy

I the evening, we will invite musicians and VJs from our scene and will play and jam with visualizations using live microscopy video streams.
Also a practive we have explored before. See this example on youtube.

  1. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

Yes. As described on the link above, we have a few topics that we are already exploring regularly, such mycelium cultures and bio fabrication workshops, kombucha an the likes, aswell as bioart workshop on human germline hacking.
It’s time now to share more of our long list of open science hardware workshops to our local publics.
See a incomplete list of recent activities: Hackteria Wiki

  1. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?

We will document the workshop outputs on the hackteira wiki.
We already have various publications around the topic of DIY microscopy and soil analysis that have been published as zines, accessilbe on archive.org
Zines - Hackteria Wiki

  1. What you will use the grant for, roughly.

We invite a small group of musicians and VJs locally and international, and support their travel costs.
We will also pay small fees to the workshop mentors.
The rest will go into the material cost, food and snacks on site.

Travel: 250 USD
Fees: 300 USD
Materials: 150 USD
Food and snacks: 100 USD
Total 800 USD

We will also ask for a workshop registration fee in the range of 50 USD / Participant, thus should be able to cover all the above budget. If more income will be generated it will be used for future workshops in our Open Science Lab.

  1. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects
    can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense
    of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this
    course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

There are already a few links in the paragraphs above.

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Here is what to expect of the application review process, starting March 27 to April 1.

The reviewers

GOSH community members may volunteer to be reviewers if they were eligible to vote in the most recent council election (whether or not they actually voted), and if they are not also an applicant under this microgrant funding programme. Just send an email to goshcouncil@openhardware.science with the subject line “Volunteer reviewer” before the start of the review period (March 27).

All microgrant applicants are reviewers in the review process. Applicants’ full participation here is a requirement of the application process.

The review process

March 27 is the start of the review period. After any ineligible applications have been removed and the review forms prepared, reviewers will be emailed a link to their personal review form sent from DIGIT-EUSURVEY@nomail.ec.europa.eu. Please make sure the application contact email address is correct. If you have not received the link after checking your spam folder, please contact goshcouncil@openhardware.science. Do not share the link or review form.

Reviewers will evaluate all applications on the form by applying the accompanying GOSH selection criteria, a copy of which is attached below. Your own application will also appear in the list to be evaluated, if you are an applicant.

April 1 (really) is the last day of the review period, at which time all review forms must be completed and submitted. The results of the review will be announced on April 4.

If an applicant has submitted multiple independent applications, they will have received as many forms to be completed as applications they have submitted.

If an applicant has not submitted a requisite review, that corresponding application will not be awarded a grant.

The selection criteria

These are the criteria by which applications are to be evaluated during the review process.

  • Meets programme criteria (see below): the proposal is for the described target audience and purpose, it involves open hardware and its use for science.
  • Value and impact of the event: you think the activities have a high chance of success in promoting open hardware for science with their target audience.
  • Ongoing impact: The proposal described activities that are intended and likely to lead to ongoing projects, courses or communities developing or using open science hardware (prioritised compared to one-off events).
  • Feasibility: The proposal seems accomplishable given the described timeline, goals, and budget. Budget seems reasonable and includes estimated costs, requested costs, and costs covered by other sources. All expenses are justified.

Programme criteria were previously described as follows: The goal of the workshops or short courses should be to teach, deploy, or experiment with open science hardware tools and their related software applications, at any level of difficulty to any audience, in a hands-on manner, to participants that will put that knowledge to practical and immediate use. If this event kicks off or is part of a series of similar events, that would be preferred.

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Application Questions:

Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).

Alex Hornstein, Wild Lives

Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Owl Prowl by Wild Lives

Email address by which you may be contacted.

alex@wildlives.world

What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

Phone microscopy/open flexure scopes, interdisciplinary curricula

Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

Owl prowls are weekly nature walks for children in our city exploring different facets of an interconnected ecosystem right outside our doors. We are offering them in partnership with our local library. The walks are free for all attendees, and the library is not compensating us for the time we put into the program. This will be a series of nine workshops that we’ll run each week in April and May. We expect between 10-20 children to attend each workshop, along with their parents/caregivers.

The theme for each week will be different — we’ll be hosting the walks during peak Springtime activity in a local cemetery, and there will be an incredible amount of natural activity going on during that time. We have a team of six teachers, and each of us will be leading walks on different weeks.

As an example, one week will focus on watching the five nests of owls that we’ve found in the cemetery, and watching the hatchlings begin to leave the nest, climb through the branches of the tree, and perch, all under the watchful eyes of its parents. We’ll watch through a telephoto lens, at a distance that will not disturb the animals.

Another week will be focused on building ultra-low-cost microscopes with families, using parents’ cell phones, the lens from a $1 laser pointer, a bobby pin, and a bit of tape, and then putting these DIY microscopes in the hands of children to take macro photos and video of the small things they find in the natural world.

Another will be focused on illustrating the things we find in the natural world.

All classes will be held outdoors, rain or shine.

Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

Owl Prowls are part of a continually building community of youth nature explorers in New England. Hosting this event series will help us involve whole families and allow for a more flexible opportunity to learn microscopy skills, scientific illustration techniques, and ways to explore and support the natural ecosystem. This program is the first of many ongoing family nature programs that we have planned in collaboration with the community library system in Providence. Owl Prowl is a local, 9-week series, and we are planning a related 6-week program in July called Bibliodiversity where we work across all 9 of the city libraries to run a camera trapping program with children in a biodiversity hotspot in Guatemala. Some projects will be ambitious, headline projects, and others will be local events for a handful of children. What’s important to us is that this is an ongoing, quality relationship with the library and the community.

What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?

Owl Prowls are part of a larger collection of curricula which weaves together design, wildlife biology, and open air education. We plan to write up these lessons into a collection, along with documentation from the events we run, and make that collection available to the public.

We haven’t yet decided how best to license the teaching materials — that’s an area of active discussion in our organization

What you will use the grant for, roughly.

This project uses a few materials — we’ll buy some dollar store laser pointers for the DIY microscopy workshop, and maybe some extra clipboards and paper, but we’re mostly using materials that we already have. The most expensive thing is human time. We are a group of wildlife educators, and this is a wildlife education program — I want to be able to pay my people for the hours they put in. We have nine, hour-long programs, plus documentation, plus time afterwards to collect and present the material in a clear and compelling way. I want to use this grant so that I can pay my team to do a bang-up job while offering a free program to the community.

Budget-wise, we’re looking at, roughly

Materials: $50

Teaching time: 1 hour/class * 9 classes * $30/hour = $300

Documentation time: 5 hours * $30/hour = $150

Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

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1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).

Spyridon Nompilakis, Odyssea

2. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Learning OSH through assembling

3. Email address by which you may be contacted.

spyros@bluegreece.org

4. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

Libre Water, solar desalination system.
All the relevant manufacturing techniques, like 3d printing, CNC milling and building electronics, as per the repository described.

5. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

The workshop will be hands-on and will be held at the Odyssea makerspace in May 2023. All Odyssea programme participants shall be invited. The focus will be on makers. Some 15-20 participants shall be able to join. The participants will be familiarized with OSH and its development processes, covering various aspects from licensing, repository building, CAD programme selection, documentation, open collaboration to actual building and assembling. Various kits of the Libre Water prototype will be provided and the participants will assemble them, following the guidelines. Through this process and the teachings from the organisers they will have the chance to familiarize with OSH products, understand the value, strengths and weaknesses of working with OSH and be more ready to apply the related principles in their own projects.

6. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

A hackathon is planned as a follow-up. Interesting participants will continue working on the project or will get assistance from the organisers to apply the taught principles for their own projects. They can also apply for other Odyssea programmes to further study and practise these principles, e.g. in the New Product Development Workshop.

7. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?

All teaching material will carry an open license.

8. What you will use the grant for, roughly.

300$ for two organisers to prepare and run the workshop
150$ for material
50$ for snacks

9. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
events or works you have executed.

Repository: LibreWater/Acraea-Prototype: a Small Scale Desalination and Water Purification Prototype that is powered by electric heating for scientific purpose and prototyping ahead according to the Libre Water Mission - Acraea-Prototype - Codeberg.org
Makerspace: Homepage - Odyssea
Previous Hackathon organised by the team: Libre Water Hackathon - Hackerspace.gr

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  1. Your name, and that of your organisation

Andreas Kahler, FabLab München e.V.

  1. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Open Hardware Meetup

  1. Email address by which you may be contacted.

andreas@fablab-muenchen.de

  1. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?
  1. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

During the pandemic, we started a online event series called Open Hardware Meetup, with the goal to built a local community around OSH and OScH. However, the last event was in 2021 and we want to revive it now, starting with a hybrid event focusing on OSH projects we have been developing ourselves. We want to invite possible users from the fablab/makerspace and research communities, teach them about the possibilities these project offer and how to get started. The exact date still needs to be defined, it will be end of April/beginning of May. We are expecting 30-40 people attending in person and a similar amount remote.

  1. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

As said, we want to revive the series, it is planned to continue with more events.

  1. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open licence?

The projects themselves have published documentation, each with open licensing. The online stream of the event is planned to be recorded and made available.

  1. What you will use the grant for, roughly.

Room rent: 200$
Technical support: 150$
Snacks, drinks 150$

  1. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar
    events or works you have executed.

Project documentation can be found under the links above.
Some info to past events can be found here:

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1. Your name, and that of your organisation (or the organisation that will receive funds on your behalf).

Derrick Mugasia,

IOMe254 Innovation Lab

Kenya Red Cross Society

2. Name of event. Make another post with another event name if you have another event.

Build a DIY ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) Robot KIT for Under water Education

3. Email address by which you may be contacted.

mugasia.derrick@redcross.or.ke

derrickmugasia@gmail.com

3. What open science hardware tool(s) will be the focus of your event?

OpenROV
Open-Source Electronics
Arduino
3D Printing

4. Describe your course or workshop, whom and what it is for, where and when it will be held, how many attendees (IRL or virtual) you expect.

One of our fablabs (I.O.Me005) is a community-based space located in Lamu a rural coastal town in Kenya. Part of our primary goals is to provide access to digital fabrication tools and technological skills necessary to promote problem solving and innovation within the community targeting children, the youth and artisans.

Our proposed workshop involves building a DIY ROV Kit that will introduce primary and secondary students to under water robot education while engaging them to STEM concepts such as Fluid buoyancy, Ohms Law, underwater thrust and water proofing design among others. Additionally, the Workshop will expose the learners to DIY process of assembling products as well as basics of digital fabrication processes. The kit will demonstrate to participants how they can use locally available materials coupled with Open-science hardware to create relevant learning STEM kits and marine related solutions especially being a community that stays next to the ocean.

We target to host a total of 15 students for a one-day workshop where learner will build and test the ROV. The workshop will be held

5. Do you have plans for ongoing activities after this event OR is it intended that the participants will continue activities after this event? If so, describe the intentions and plans here.

We have been building and developing projects, curriculum and kits aimed at promoting STEM Education and introducing digital fabrication technologies to learners (including those with special needs). This workshop will become part of activities/workshops that we continue to do as a lab to our young innovators.

Our plans will be to help students to continue to explore their creativity and learning of underwater robots for learning and marine exploration owing to our location at the coastal region.

6. What event outputs (e.g. teaching materials, curricula, software, etc.) will you make available? Will these outputs carry an open license?

We will make available the plans used to assemble the DIY ROV and workshop manuals used to effectively conduct the workshop.

7. What you will use the grant for, roughly.

Materials and components – 252 $
Facilitation – 127 $
Conference package - 91$
Transport & Logistics – 30 $

8. Provide links (references) to documentation or reviews of similar events or works you have executed. School coursework or projects can be listed, even social media posts. Anything to give a sense of what you’re about and your ability to successfully conduct this course or workshop. To keep this short, just the links and their descriptions will do.

https://twitter.com/KenyaRedCross/status/1502258012676923397?s=20

https://twitter.com/YSTKenya/status/1549776648580497408?s=20

https://twitter.com/iome254/status/1568258432142086145?s=20

https://twitter.com/iome254/status/1623252274288926720?s=20

https://twitter.com/iome254/status/1614134554054328321?s=20

https://twitter.com/iome254/status/1501210398229422092?s=20

https://twitter.com/iome254/status/1573570381482450945?s=20