Amateur science tools and resources at Make's new Science Room


15 Responses to “Amateur science tools and resources at Make's new Science Room”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I still love to read the ads for home chemistry experiments, apparatus and set. I was really into this stuff as a kid. It had a lot to do with me becoming a pharmacist. I would rather see kids of today using chemistry sets rather than playing endlessly repetitive electronic games. Now that I am retired I find myself being drawn back into the hobby.

  2. cy gideon says:

    Thanks to Robert B. Thompson for reintroducing the home chemistry of my youth. Home chemistry started me on my profession as a pharmacist. I can visualize todays youth being able to be inspired as I was. Nowe if we can get the government to cooperate….

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I just made an annoying discovery – the Maker SHED doesn’t carry test tubes, except as part of a kit. Two different racks, but no actual tubes.

    Actually, Maker Shed does carry test tubes, four sizes of them, in fact. If you search on “test tube” you’ll see those items, as well as the racks and clamp. But I can sure understand why you thought Maker Shed didn’t carry test tubes, because a lot of the individual items are not yet grouped into categories with landing pages.

    We’re working on that right now. Sorry for the inconvenience. We should probably have an “under construction” icon posted for the next few days.

    Robert Bruce Thompson
    Maker Shed Science Room Curator

  4. Rindan says:

    This looks like the tools for building a young budding… TERRORIST! Quick! Someone call the DHS! No fly list these bastards!

  5. BCaron says:

    I had the BIG chemistry set (three panels, dozens of chemicals, big book of experiments… when I was in 4th grade. It was glorious. But then, I also remember diving boards at motels. hmmm.

  6. Stefan Jones says:

    #1: A friend down the street inherited one of those giant sets from a cousin or uncle or something. It was old even then (very late 60s / early 70s).

    When I asked my parents for a chemistry set I got this piece of crap outfit in a cardboard box. The chemicals came in paper envelopes. No alcohol burner or litmus paper or big book of projects.

  7. mydog says:

    In 1956, UNESCO brought out a great resource for societies recovering from the War. It was called source book for science teaching and had lists of all sorts of things a school could collect to teach about light, air, sound, electricity, forces and inertia, geology, to name just a few of the topics.

    Suggested resources came from gravel pits, woods, burned-over areas (should be plenty of them around if the climate continues to change!), saw mills, farms, creeks, roadsides, hardware shops, automobile repair workshops, drugstore, etc.

    I’ve noticed they updated it in 1973, [] but I’ve still got the 1956 one – it’s too wonderful to throw away, even though I gave up teaching a while ago.


    When I was a teenager I went through a phase of electroplating every metallic object I could get my hands on. Dad’s a pharmacist so copper sulfate was easy to come by. They warned me it was toxic but that didn’t keep me from leaving it sitting around in solution in a water glass. My brother – 10 years younger – drank some. Barf, emergency room, no problem. The kid’s been a research scientist for 10 years now. No idea if there’s a connection. We love science a whole lot.

  9. Jaybot7 says:

    I wish I’d received one of those when I was a kid! I may just pick one up for myself now. Forget laptops for kids, they should be giving one of these to every kid for free ;)

  10. Daemon says:

    I just made an annoying discovery – the Maker SHED doesn’t carry test tubes, except as part of a kit. Two different racks, but no actual tubes.

  11. nanuq says:

    Considering that police have arrested some of these kids with home chemistry labs on suspicious of being meth labs, home science may be pretty dangerous these days.

  12. Gareth Branwyn says:

    All the more reason why a million home chem labs should bloom.

  13. cszostek says:

    @ teufelsdroch,

    +12 to you. I was just about to mention them. I never had a home science kit growing up, lots of legos and rc motors but no chemistry. My girlfriend works there, great shop & source of many items/projects/books in my home.

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