MAKING A TURBIDITY SENSOR
Welcome back to the never ending saga: Jess almost electrocutes herself.
I had the idea to create an open-sourced turbidity sensor back in February. And I started working on it! (Which you can see here) But then life got crazy (I was writing a PhD proposal, I went surfing for 2 weeks in Lombok, I went to protest some illegal dams in Romania, then I moved to Berlin and started working in an Albanian watershed).
So what did I do wrong today? Well, let’s talk about the things I did right! I covered all my joints in shrink tubing (no short circuit here!), I worked on a non-metallic table (again, no chance of a short circuit), and my soldering is getting much better!
Picture me: young, naive, picking up a soldering iron for the first time.
“This is gonna be fun!” I said. And everyone watching me is thinking “she has no idea what she’s getting herself into.” And you know what? I didn’t. Not only because I actually have no idea how to build anything with electronics, but also I though soldering would be easy?? It’s not. Soldering is not easy. Or at least, it takes a lot of practice. And that’s something I definitely got today. Practice.
Honestly, I don’t know how to do this! And that’s exactly why I wanted to start this series. Electronics are intimidating, and I’m no genius. But I’m going to figure out how to make a sensor, so why not document it? My hope is to 1) create valuable content and 2) show others that I actually have no idea what I’m doing. But if I can figure it out then so can you!