How do you measure how clean the air on your street is? What kind of organisms hang out in your yogurt? And what do “good” and “bad” bacteria really mean? How could you charge your phone without the convenience of a wall outlet? The Science Bus went on tour through Europe to find answers on these questions with you! Bringing workshops material and tools to investigate these questions (and more) the Science Bus visited 19 locations in 9 countries.
From June till November 2017, the Science Bus traveled through Europe. The Science Bus hosted workshops all around Europe to engage curious minds and encourage people to share their life hacks. The Science Bus hit the road with simple DIY (research) tools. This is science for everyone, and folk wisdom is the research subject. The Science Bus stopped at festivals, campsites and marketplaces. Our Science Bus captains hosted workshops in which they introduced and investigated folk remedies. They brought along handy instructables and materials to help you build your own scientific instruments.
Why did the Science Bus collect folk remedies?
A folk remedy is an everyday trick or ‘life hack’ that everyone can use to make or fix just about anything. Some of these fixes, tricks, shortcuts and recipes have been around for hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of years. And we’d like to put them to the test! How do these remedies work? What are the ingredients? Can we improve them? By combining old and new knowledge, technologies and methods we want to make these clever folk remedies accessible to everyone.
Do you have a clever folk remedy?
Does your grandma have the perfect recipe for making yogurt or maintaining beautiful skin? What’s the secret ingredient your neighbour puts in the soil to get those delicious tomatoes? Or maybe you know another clever life hack? If so, share it with us! Get in touch via social media.
Why should I care?
We’re so used to buying everything we need (and more) that we tend to forget that we can produce, harvest and fix things ourselves. Do we really know what’s in our food? Or where our products are made and how they work? Don’t we miss the satisfaction of making things ourselves? And can we still think outside the box and solve simple problems? Let’s do it together and find out!
Missed the Science Bus?
The Science Bus drove around Europe until November 2017: from the UK to Croatia, Spain, Germany and many places in-between. The Science Bus captains shared their adventures and discoveries via their vlogs, our website and social media. Have a look our YouTube channel for all vlogs made by the Science Bus captains.
Find other citizen science events near you or experiment from home:
Besides the Science Bus workshops we host many more citizen science activities and events, find out here if there are any near you. Additionally you can continue experimenting at home with our handy workshop material and instructions. The material is available in 7 different languages, find it in English, Dutch, German, Slovenian, Italian, Spanish and French.
Who realized the Science Bus tour?
The Science Bus is part of the European project, “Doing It Together Science” and is realised by a group of enthusiastic makers from Waag Society – institute for art, science and technology – based in Amsterdam in collaboration with all “Doing It Together Science” partners. Within this project, research institutions work together with science galleries, museums and art institutions to engage as many people as possible with citizen science. By hosting innovative workshops, exhibitions and activities all around Europe the eleven partners show that citizen science is an accessible and fun way to explore the world around you. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Youtube to stay up to date.