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Our new activities system is an easy way to find step-by-step activities built on Public Lab tools and techniques.

Activity grids, like the one listed here, collect these activities, and look like this:


It's also a great place to contribute your own how-to guides, so that others can try them out -- and even attempt to replicate your steps to get the same end result.

Make your own Activities grid

But how can you organize a collection of activities on a new topic or project? Liz recently jotted down a few steps for adding an Activity Grid for the Coqui family of research:

  1. Choose a wiki page to be the "home" of Coqui family of research -- something short and memorable, like (obviously) -- "Coqui" -- resulting in URL /wiki/coqui

  2. Edit the page and add [activities:coqui] in the body text. This will cause an activity grid to appear.

  3. Save it.

  4. Navigate to an existing research note that explains a Coqui activity -- for starters, look for them under the coqui tag:

  5. In the tag area of that note, add the powertag activity:coqui. (PS, a tag is called a powertag when there's a : in the middle of two terms that triggers something extra cool).

  6. Return to Coqui's home wiki, and refresh to see the note listed in the activity grid!

  7. To fill in the other fields in the activity grid, go back to the note. Since your note is already tagged activity:foo, a tagging interface will show up to help you add other powertags (see below screenshot). For even more information, review the suggested Activity Categories, and read to the end of the "Check out these Activity Grids" post.

  8. Repeat for other notes with Coqui activities.


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