Inside Amateur Science: The Best in Out-of-Lab Research
But you can't have amateur scientists without enthusiasm for the discipline. That is why one of Carlson's primary focuses is promoting science for children. Carlson is working on an online science-experiment community--the Labrats youth science organization--to give kids the opportunity to talk about science in a weekly setting. He's also building another site that will partner students with scientists to contribute data and research to their projects.
It is a page devoted to the amateur scientist, useful also to teachers and students. DNA electrophoresis kits , has booklets of practical activities for the classroom Website includes free downloads. SAPS publishes simple protocols for plants and genetics and has developed low-cost kits for practical investigations.
A wind up spaghetti fork devised by amateur American inventor Russell E. Yet nowadays it can be difficult to make scientific contributions without these perks. There are a limited number of jobs with ample resources for conducting research, and the many smart people who fail to get them are unlikely to have opportunities to pursue ideas and potentially make important discoveries.