What if you are a parent or teacher who see’s your children or students tuning out of science and education? You want to ignite the love of exploring science, but you aren’t sure how to make that happen.
You think to yourself, “There must be something better than just buying more textbooks. Isn’t there a way to get my kids involved directly in the discovery process?”
Of course, you want to know for certain that it’s safe. You also would want easy to follow guides that your kids can do on their own.
Educators need the costs to be reasonable, and easy setup in a home or classroom such that kids can start exploring science in minutes.
The unique solution?
Glowgene is a direct experience science kit based on simple chemistry principles, which students can use to get a direct introduction into first hand science.
The exciting part is that the GlowGene kit lets students do experiments which have until recently been perceived as the stuff of huge companies and expensive science labs.
Extracting DNA from harmless samples, and growing cultures, for example which glow in the dark, is a first hand way for students to learn that they can participate in the scientific discovery process.
Who are the makers behind Glowgene?
Damien Tsang is part of a community of people who love to explore science by doing science. That means instead of just reading about it in textbooks, or watching lectures, Damien and other people like him believe in trying things with your own hands.
The community of people who find new ways of learning by doing experiments with their own hands are called “BioHackers.”
The word hacker sometimes has a negative connotation, but in the modern context a hacker is someone who finds a better way to get a result. For example, growth hacking is a term used by marketers who are skilled in growing the revenue of a company.
What can we learn from these makers?
It was inspiring to talk to someone like Damien, who is still in college and has managed to create something which can inspire and involve so many students around the world.
Because Damien participates in the local BioHacking group, he has had time to understand the trend of many other groups who have a need for something similar.
Instead of every group or individual starting from scratch, Damien thought, “Why don’t we make it easier?”
The main objectives that GlowGene wants to accomplish are to make the cost of reagents more affordable by buying them in bulk, increasing the quality and safety of reagents by ensuring they are purchased correctly, and providing a safer and more functional exploration kit by providing exploration guides for students.
What about safety?
Damien made it clear that he had run the kit through his local BioHacking organization, but that he also asked for feedback from his advisors at his college.
The main benefit of GlowGene is that they have put together reagents that you could buy directly, but in a way that further increases safety, and makes it easier for students to see results, while also reducing the costs.
Normally you would have to order a very large quantity of the reagents, but GlowGene is able to sample them out into smaller kits and provide different reagents to make the kit really useful.
You can check out the audio interview here, which provides a lot of insight into the campaign and how Damien put everything together.
If you have someone you want to encourage in science, or you want to bring this to the attention of your school science program you will find all the links below.
Instead of just putting boring old textbooks in front of your kids, what if you could ignite that spark for learning by giving them a hands-on experience doing safe and interesting chemistry experiments right in your own home (or classroom)?
How do you create that “spark” inside of a kid which pulls them into deep curiosity? Curiosity and the feeling that you can discover something new are the hallmarks of Science.
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Crowdfunding campaign: Glowgene – Kickstarter Campaign