Our transdisciplinary research is centered around public engagement with science and technology. Using methods from human computer interaction (HCI), engineering, speculative design, and philosophy of technology we study how people understand and participate in science beyond professional settings.
We develop low-cost, DIY (Do It Yourself) systems for creative science work in contexts such as hackspaces, art studios, garages, homes, schools, or across social media platforms. We deploy sociotechnical interventions to support democratic participation and engagement with scientific issues. We explore new ways of sharing the discoveries, artistic expressions, and civic activism that emerge from amateur science work.
|Biology beyond professional settings|
|Our team of biologists, designers, and engineers are studying DIYbio (Do It Yourself Biology) as a subdomain within the maker movement. We are developing:
–open science hardware tools for DIYbio
–bioart classes and workshops to support public engagement with science
|Food as a platform for everyday science|
|We focus on practices that counter mass-production and engage with concepts from microbiology, botany, biology, chemistry, and food science. We are researching:
–solar cooking as creative engagement with food science and climate change
–food science such as fermenting, brewing, pickling, foraging, or dumpster diving
|DIY fabrication paves the way for making, reconfiguring, and appropriating systems for scientific inquiry. Our work includes:
–screenprinting techniques to create new interactive and smart materials
–3D printing with materials such as food, ceramics, and glass
|Extreme heat and climate change|
Phoenix is one of the hottest locations on earth, and it presents a testbed for understanding and addressing climate change. Our work examines: