World's Longest DNA Model
(Nathan Battersby, Reeda Mahmood, and Ryerson Faculty of Science Team)
Science Rendezvous, Toronto
It was a great experience supporting team IdeaMosaic with their first ever project as a technician of the Design Fabrication Zone. It was displayed at Dundas Square as part of Science Rendezvous, where they broke the Guiness World Record for the longest DNA model at the time at 43.5m in length.
The community was invited to participate in the making of the installation. Visitors had their polaroid photos taken which were assigned a letter A, T, C, or G. The assigned photos were attached to the backbone structure of the model to signify DNA base pairs.
The larger goal of IdeaMosaic is to increase awareness and excitement for science at large, by creating high impact installations and experiences that engage the public in science. The start-up combines the principles of crowd-creation, creativity, and attractive design with science, to interact with people of all ages and interests.
It was a fun challenge figuring out how to most effectively mass produce repetitive modules that can easily be assembled on the spot, while still being beautiful and having the necessary structural integrity.