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We will use this channel as an opportunity to share our experimental methods with the broader scientific community.

We will use this page to share our experimental methods with the broader scientific community. 

We have uploaded the source code and a number of device design files here in support of our open-source software platform for the automated design of paper-based microfluidic devices — AutoPAD. The accompanying manuscript, supporting information, and tutorial documentation were published in Scientific Reports.

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Mace Lab at Medford High School

We visited Mr. Mernoff’s Chemistry class to lead an after school workshop on using paper-based microfluidic devices to assess the nutritional content of beverages. Syrena (left) and Dan (right) prepare drinks and assemble devices, while Kassie (center) demonstrates how to use the device and interpret results. Charlie (in the back), as usual, is just watching his students do all of the work.

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Mace Lab at Brooks Elementary School

We visited Brooks Elementary School (Round 1!) to give a demonstration on how we use microscopes to learn more about nature. Jess and Kassie help teach students how a microscope works using samples of cork, flowers, and puddle water to look at microbes. Then, they let students design their own experiments to understand magnification and study their environment. 3D printed pieces coming soon!

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Mace Lab at Brooks Elementary School

We visited Brooks Elementary School (Round 2!) to give a demonstration on how to make simple analytical devices using paper and tape. Students even patterned their own filter papers using wax crayons to make three-dimensional microfluidic devices!  While our group’s interests include using paper to diagnose diseases and test for nutrients in food, the students used food coloring as a substitute.  Good job, Kassie and Jess!

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Mace Lab at Freedom Connexion

We participated in the Somerville School District Summer Literacy Program at Freedom School. Keith (pictured) and Syrena (hiding) taught middle school students the basics of how to make paper-based microfluidic devices — capillary action, device design, and device assembly all included! Then the students were able to independently design their own multilayer devices to test for sugar in soda. Sounds like a fun day!