USD 500 microgrants available for workshops, short courses

Awesome! Can you please confirm what date the workshop was held?
Thank you! - Megan Z.

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Hi! This says it is the initial and quick update. Can you please update the forum with your “final” update as soon as possible?

Thanks so much!

  • Megan Z.
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Awesome update. Can you please just let us know the date the two workshops were held?

Thanks so much!

  • Megan Z.
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Awesome report and so sad to read about the microplastics! :slightly_frowning_face:

Can you please provide us with the “final” update for this microgrant? You mentioned session 2 was planned for the end of June. Please send over the update as soon as possible.

Thanks so much!

  • Megan Z.
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Hi Megan, the workshop is part of the grant, but it is still due.

The 4 professors were available and excited to participate though. The PCR cyclers are confirmed to be used for teaching at IIBio, from 2024 and on. The workshop will happen this year.

I was overwhelmed administering the regional event fund for reGOSHito, which took place during those same weeks, and could not deliver.



Hello everyone,
here is a quick report of our workshop on building underwater vehicle.

IOMe005 Innovation Lab hosted 15 physics students from Mokowe Secondary School in Lamu for a STEM workshop dubbed “How to Build an Underwater Vehicle”. During the workshop, the students were taken through a dissemination session to understand the roles of the Red Cross Societies as a humanitarian movement, the place of IOMe as an innovation and fabrication space, and the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH).

They were then taken through a session introducing what Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) are, the different types available, and their functions. During this session, they were introduced to Underwater Robotic Education while engaging them to physics concepts such as fluid buoyancy, Ohms law, underwater thrust, water proofing systems, Basic electronics, Plastic welding, and open-science hardware.

The students were introduced to DIY processes and this started by taking them through different machines and tools that they later used to prepare and assemble their ROV structure from readily available materials

Another team worked on the control of the ROV and was also introduced to relevant tools to use in order to assemble different components. This also included practicing how to solder electronic components and wires. In order to drive and control the DC motors, they used three speed regulation module PWM regulator controller, two joystick modules for movement to the left and right and one potentiometer for upper and lower thrust.

Using those techniques, they all build the control and Structure and tested each to ensure they work well.

They later converged to assemble the framework, motors, and controls to make the ROV kit. Two blocks of Styrofoam were used as floatation material to improve ease of the ROV to float back to the water surface using less power.

They did a successful test using a container full of water and a trip will be arranged to take the ROV for a test in the ocean

We then held a reflective session where students shared their experiences and lessons learned. Then we took them for a tour of the lab to show them the other digital fabrication tools available for them to use.

And they were all happy and their physics teacher was happy!

Thank you GOSH for enabling us to host this amazing session. We look forward to doing more such sessions that help students understand the linkage between theoretical concepts learned in school and their industrial applications. This will always show the learners how they can also be innovative using what is available for them at school and home.


Hey Megan!

Sorry for the late reply - completely missed out on this one as things were hectic with setting up the lab in Bali. Yes we did end up having the second workshop done on the 18th of June! We basically made plankton nets with the fishermen and they improved on our designs so it became a co-creation workshop!!! We then went towing with the fishermen to test on their plankton nets and it worked amazing!!! Here are the photos:

(really cool knotting method taught to us by the fishermen)

post towing
we caught a copepod!

We are currently working on establishing a network between local fishermen and local marine biologists/researchers. Fab Lab Bali is working on projects that are open, inclusive, and involve collaborations/co-creations with the local and indigenous communities in Bali - we champion open science that leads to citizen science movements! Thank you so much GOSH for the support and enabling us to run these workshops :star_struck:


The ideas that came out of this workshop have enabled us to produce a report on :
Open Science Hardware Growth in Africa: Insights from a Community Forum

You can access it here!