Lunchbox Laboratory, 2008

Materials: wood, recycled plastic, glass, electronics, algae

Exhibition History:

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Dimensions: 17" x 18" x 8"

Collaboration: National Renewable Energy Lab and Futurefarmers Team: Amy Franceschini, Jonathan Meuser, Dragisa Krsmanovic,Eric Ratcliffe, Michael Swaine, Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, + Stijn Schiffeleers.

Relative urls:
National Renewable Energy Lab

Make Magazine

Lunchbox Laboratory is a collaboration between Futurefarmers + the Biological Sciences Team, National Renewable Energy Lab. Currently scientists are using algae to produce hydrogen and have discovered that it is a viable renewable energy form, in that,algae is everywhere and it could also be used to produce biodiesel. One of the main hurdles for the research is to find the most productive strains of algae. Since there are potentially millions of strains, this task is monumental.

Lunchbox Laboratory is a prototype for a potentially distributed research tool that would be sent to schools such that young scientists could do primary screening of a collection of algae strains. This would serve as a preliminary screening such that non productive strains would be ruled out and only productive strains would reach labs. This project enables students to participate in big science as well as network with other students nationwide to compare notes.

Lunchbox Lab
Photosynthesis Robot
Rainwater Greywater System
Garden Trike
Pogostick Shovel
Seed Library
DIY Algal Hydrogen Bioreactor
Homeland Security Blanket
Botanical Gameboy
Sundial Watches
Solar Music Boxes
Board Game

Public Projects
F.R.U.I.T. Network
Bingo: Field of Thoughts
Lofoten Game of the Future
Fingerprint Maze
Neighborhood Acts
Holding Patterns
The Human Knot

Amy Franceschini
Michael Swaine
Rich Humphrey
Albert Coleman
Sebastian Stjfl
Stijn Schiffeleers
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