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Want to own a piece of Tekla Labs equipment?

March 12, 2014 in Our News

Now you can! We are looking for people interested in building any of the over 150 amazing equipment designs that were submitted to our competition.  We’ll supply the materials and technical assistance, the finished product is yours to keep.

Is this a trick? Nope. We just want to learn about how people interact with the designs so that we can continue to provide easy to understand instructions for building low-cost, reliable lab equipment.  If you are interested, fill out the form below, email, or tweet @teklalabs.  Let’s get making!


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ManyLabs – Designing DIY equipment and interactive lessons for science classrooms!

June 21, 2013 in Things We Like

We had the pleasure of meeting with Peter Sand of ManyLabs this past week, and got a chance to see all the awesome DIY lab equipment he is designing. So cool! Check out the hardware and accompanying lessons they have developed, as well as the physics, biology, and math hubs for more specialized projects and lessons. And consider donating to their Kickstarter campaign, aimed at creating and testing kits for their hardware designs, making these interactive projects and lessons even more accessible for science educators.

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Overview of Malcolm Watt’s Magnetic Stirrer in ‘Berkeley Engineer’

November 15, 2012 in Our News

For the design, see the DIY section of The blurb below is courtesy of the spring 2012 issue of Berkeley Engineer, a magazine from the College of Engineering at the University of California Berkeley.

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Tekla Labs demo at Biocurious!

February 22, 2012 in Our News

This coming Monday, February 27th, Tekla Labs will be demoing some designs we are working on at the BioCurious hackerspace in Sunnyvale, CA. Join us there to hear more about what designs we are working on, and test out some of our recently build DIY lab equipment. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

DIY Research Grade Equipment for Laboratories in Developing Regions
Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:30 PM
BioCurious: 845 Stewart Drive, Suite C, Sunnyvale, CA

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Enter Our 3D Printing Competition!

February 2, 2012 in Our News

Tekla Labs is excited to announce a 3D Printed Design competition for do-it-yourself science and engineering: PRINTmyLAB.
Get your design 3D printed!  Over $1000 in additional prizes for the winning entries!

1)   DIY Alternative: A 3D printing blueprint for an item that can replace a commercial product or a specific component of a commercial product used in scientific laboratories or in scientific/engineering research.  Especially helpful if this part tends to break or get lost.
2)   Novel Gadget: A 3D printing blueprint for a novel item not commercially available that is of use in scientific laboratories or in scientific/engineering research.  Invent! Imagine! Print!

Who can enter: Anyone!
Details & submission:

Important Dates
April 30: Last possible day to submit a design (11:59pm PST)
May 10: Final winners are announced

Happy Designing,
The Tekla Labs Team

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Tekla Labs at East Bay Maker Faire this weekend!

October 10, 2011 in Our News, Uncategorized

This Sunday, October 16th, we will be demoing some of our designs at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.  Come experiment with us and check out all the cool projects coming from other bay area makers!

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Science Hack Day SF

October 3, 2011 in Things We Like

We at Tekla Labs are very much looking forward to the second annual Science Hack Day, coming up on November 12 & 13th. Tickets are free but limited, so we suggest you get yours soon! Science Hack Day is a 48-hour event that brings together scientists, designers, hackers, and anyone else interested in problem solving/learning/having fun to collaborate on user contributed science hacks. You can check out the demoed hacks from last year here, and look at what people have planned or add your own ideas to this year’s hacks here. Hope to see you there!

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Backyard Brains!

July 10, 2011 in Things We Like

We just got word of an exciting project coming from the scientists over at backyard brains.  They have developed a Brain Recording Kit that allows the DIY researcher to see and hear the electrical activity of neurons.  Simple, 3-step video instructions will guide you through building your own Spiker Box, and a series of experiments and tutorials posted will get you started as an electrophysiologist.  For those less inclined to build their own, but who’d like to get in on some DIY electrophysiology, the Spiker Box Kit can be purchased pre-assembled and ready to be used for experiments upon delivery.  And keep checking back in with backyard brains; they just received a grant from the NIH to help develop their project, so you can expect many more tutorials and interesting experiments will be added to their site in the near future.