Water Hackathon: Spectrometer

Join Public Lab for a DIY event that will demonstrate how to build your own spectrometer for oil testing. This workshop is free and open to the public!

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Monday, April 18, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

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The Public Lab community has been working since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to develop a low cost, open source spectrometer which can be used to help identify oil pollution in soil and water. Spectrometry measures the colors absorbed by a material. By creating a unique graphed image of a substance’s color spectrum, you can distinguish it from other materials, such as different types of pollutants. This “hackathon” will allow participants to build out and test a spectrometer using Public Lab’s kit and will a showcase of their oil-testing kit. Participants will leave with an understanding of the capabilities of the spectrometer and how they can use it in environmental monitoring.

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Introduction to spectrometry (6:00 – 6:15pm)
Spectrometry kit build (6:15 – 7:30pm)
Oil testing demo (7:30 – 8:00pm)

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