Danforth Center’s Maker Movement: Plants, Robots & High Altitude Balloons

A robotically controlled growth facility, the Bellweather Phenotyper, inspired scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to create less expensive versions for their individual labs. Sixty percent of the scientists now participate in a Maker Group, where they acquire skills to build instruments designed for their own research. One scientist, Dustin Mayfield-Jones took his skills to new heights in adventures with high altitude balloons. These balloons carry Raspberry Pi computer-guided instruments as high as 100,000 feet into ‘near space’, often travelling as far as 60 miles. He has completed over ten launches, and is working with area schools to use high altitude ballooning as part of STEM education.

This series explores the latest science and technology news in the St. Louis area.

Danforth Center’s Maker Movement: Plants, Robots & High Altitude Balloons

Tags |
Recent Segment | Innovations

Exercise in a Pill May One Day Help with Obesity and Diabetes

Saint Louis University scientists are developing 'exercise in a pill'.

Recent Segment | Innovations

clEAR Games for Hearing Impaired Engage Ears for Auditory Brain Training

They aren't building hearing aids, clEAR is trying to develop a better brain. The company has developed computer games to help the hearing impaired.

Recent Segment | Innovations

Benefits of a Protein-Packed Breakfast Fuels Ideas for Start Right Foods

The power of protein for breakfast inspires St. Louis startup, Start Right Foods.

Recent Segment | Innovations

Telehealth Reduces Wait Times, Improves Care for Children with Autism

ECHO Autism helps families in rural areas by improving care for children with autism.

Episodes

There are 126 more episodes of Innovations.

Recent Segment | Innovations

Geniecast Gives Businesses Live, Interactive, Two-Way Video with Top Speakers and Experts

The technology behind FaceTime and Skype is now being repurposed by Geniecast. The company says it's giving smaller businesses access to big-time speakers!

Register Now

Attend a live taping of this episode by filling out the form below.

Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 10:00am