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How to build a lab on $5 a day

At our summer CCN meeting, Bill Saichek of Orange Coast College, shared some of his secrets on how he was able to get a lot of equipment for his lab, without spending a lot of money.

Some of his main strategies include:

  • Acquiring the college’s older hardware
  • Repurposing hardware to do things the manufacturers say it can’t do
  • Getting involved with any grants that might be purchasing equipment
  • Encouraging BILT members to donate equipment or funds

He covers these points in greater detail and shares some examples of what he has been able to do at OCC using these strategies in his presentation. The video is about 12 minutes and jam packed with creative, out-of-the-box ideas to build a lab on a tight budget.

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