Sorry, this episode is not currently available

DIY Science

Science Club explores how powerful, affordable technology is ushering in a new era of DIY science that everyone can get involved in.

Science journalist Alok Jha is in California to see how citizen science is being used to save lives in the early detection of earthquakes.

Dr Helen Czerski goes to Brazil and discovers an ingenious innovation - in an attempt to eradicate a killer disease, mosquitoes have been modified to self-destruct.

In the studio, Dara and Professor Mark Miodownik get to grips with an inflatable crash helmet, a beat box made from vegetables and capture lightning in a box. And the team delve into tech hacking to see how stripping down and re-using technology promises to change our world.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 15 Aug 2013 00:30
BBC Two Wales

DIY microscope

DIY microscope

Create a high-powered microscope from a cheap webcam by following Mark's simple step-by-step instructions, then share your images with others.



Helen's science news

Helen's science news

Find out more about the stories featured in Dr Helen Czerski's science round-up.

Follow @BBCScienceClub

Follow @BBCScienceClub

Get an extra helping of surprising facts and links and join the conversation for some really social science.

Studio experts

Studio experts

Joining the team in the studio for Episode 3 are Dr Hilary Geoghegan, an expert in citizen science, and Dr James Logan, an expert in medical entomology.



Role Contributor
PresenterDara O Briain
ExpertMark Miodownik
ReporterHelen Czerski
ReporterAlok Jha
Executive ProducerHelen Thomas
Series ProducerKaye Godleman
Series EditorNigel Paterson

Why does a magnetised needle face north?


Mark demonstrates how to magnetise a needle in order to create your own working compass.