"Science is for everyone, kids included"

Public Engagement in Science

chiara.rocci@bgci.org | 24/10/12

Who believes science is just for a few people?  Possibly adults, academics or researchers?
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks, instead, that science is for everyone, kids included. And it seems he is right, considering that Amy O’Toole, following his participative science approach, became, at age of 10, one of the youngest people ever to publish a peer-reviewed science paper.
Amy took part in a science program led by Beau Lotto , called "i, scientist," which inspired a science experiment by a group of 26 primary school students in Blackawton, Devon, UK. Along with 25 of her classmates, she published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time ... "
Beau Lotto founded Lottolab, an hybrid art studio and science lab because he is fully persuaded that all people should be involved in science and, through the process of discovery, they can change perceptions.
The Lab is set in London’s Science Museum. He and his team hold "synesthetic workshops" where kids and adults can play together making abstract paintings that computers turn into music. The Lab also hosts regular events like evenings of science, music and "mass experiments."
A chance for everyone to become a scientist even just for a night.
View Beau Lott’s TED talk to find out by the man himself how human perception can change, what science and play have in common and how kids can be involved in science.



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