Science entertainment in Hopefield

‘Adventure Sport and Science Tourism’ was a point on my very first business card. I think I had something like the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory in mind, coupled with orienteering and adventure racing. Now I am thinking to have a ‘Science Barn’ where one can have Virtual or Augmented Reality events, and, you know, entertaining events that educate in the fields of STEM, with the Social Science angle ala STEMS2 . My problem is that although I can rationally assert that these are all very important, I get bored with these. They are not fun or extreme enough and actually, I don’t need to conform to a curriculum or whatnot. I also don’t want to invest in things that stand there gathering dust. Better to invest in things I’d use, but that can also be opened up to the public. So this post is a reminder of the stuff I’ve come across that I’d like to try out, and maybe it can generate excitement and income on the side.

Solar sinter – 3D printing with the sun

Mother of pearl walls

Playing in VR

Mushrooms – probably partnering with e.g. Mushroom Guru to hold courses.

Silk worms? silk, PGA, hydrogel, bioproduction stuff.

DIYBio which needs more focus. Apart from a few PCR stuffs, I’d like a biotech environment where you can walk around in whatever you choose to wear, and barefoot – so, basically, environmental biotech.

Biomimicry. I just have to come to terms with the gimmick side of it.

On a more ambitious note would be practical areas for skills schools – the Skills on a Train idea.

The other very ambitious idea is to launch an Eden Project in SA. My little piece of land won’t hold a whole Eden project, but we could do some funky greenhouse stuff. Orchids and wildly coloured arum lilies, for a start. There are old mines in the surroundings though…

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