So… the D-day just arrived, and we were a bit nervous about what could happen with this first workshop.
Friday night, we met at MADE to be sure that things worked as expected. But, as usually, unexpected problems arise that we could not fix just before the begin of the class. We were awake until late, trying to fix all the issues and we didn’t slept too much, but on Saturday morning we started the first BHA01 practice with 10 people with different backgrounds.
We started with a class about electronics, just to make sure that every participant had the basic skills to understand what we were going to build. After a theory class of 2 hours, we started building the electronic part of the incubator with a protoboard. The idea was to teach students how to build a circuit from scratch in order to give the the tools to build simply electronic circuits.
After that, we started with the Arduino. All the students had the software already installed. There were teams spontaneously integrated: in one side we could observe a team of people with experience in electronics and programming who were actually rebuilding the incubator design and improving it and adapting it to our actual necessities. There was another team soldering and wiring the electronics part with support of everybody. There was another group of BHs testing protocols for Agar and some others cutting the acrylic, wood and other pieces.
Finally, we assemble the incubator boxes. With a bit of patience and a hammer, we build the boxes. After that, we added some porex in the interior to keep the heat inside the box. The acrylic window was glued, the door assembled and the porex placed on site.
It was was a great practice. I was really impressed to find a group of very orderly, quiet and focused people hacking at various projects at the same time: some hacking on electronics, some gluing together stuff laser cut, some others just being very busy at the tables with the arduino code,… just fucking amazing. You rock guys, please keep like this in next weeks.
We want to thank to Valldaura guys to help us cutting the woods, because the designs were quite big for our laser. Thank you Jonathan!!!
Also want to thank to MADE, for allowing us to run the BHA01 in their space. And thanks to FAB Cafe and MOB for allowing us to run the classes during Tuesdays!