Environmental Radioactivity Workshop in Macau!

Radioactivity is a word that tends to make people scared. Only if they knew that radioactivity is all around us, all the time. There is in fact, a big need for education around radioactivity, so everyone understands what radioactivity is, where it comes from, what it can do for humans, the good, the bad, the history, the state of the art and the future!

And luckily, we have been invited to do just that by the Macau Association for the promotion of science and technology, at the University of Macau.


MakerBay in this workshop was Cesar Jung-Harada, Chicky Ajoy Bhavnani, Maria Lok Yee Li, Peter Pang Nam Hill, Sheetal Dalal, Christian Jeschke, Michael O’Brien.

Geiger counter: BGeigie Nano by Safecast: https://blog.safecast.org/2013/03/the-bgeigie-nano-kit/



Data visualization: Google Fusion Tables (expires in Dec 2019): https://support.google.com/fusiontables/answer/1152262?hl=en

Topographic data: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Macau_topographic_blank_map.png

The red dots are places we collected measurements. On the right, it’s the data we have contributed to the global safecast map

It was a really fun day! The students got to learn about physics, environmental monitoring, citizen science, open-source electronics, data science, GIS (Geographic Information System) and collect important data for their local community while contributing to the global map of radioactivity that everyone can see. Well done!

Please contact us if you are interested in having MakerBay host radioactivity workshops for your company, your university, your school, your city – or just yourself 🙂 

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.