When we design scientific instruments, we think of about users that are scientists with degrees in well-funded institutions, but also rural Newfoundlanders, who also have research questions and a right to answer them. To this end, we have several guidelines for how we design and build our tools.
A list of different do-it-yourself microscope designs!
The LADI trawl is an open source, scientific surface trawl for monitoring marine plastics. You can build your own for $500 or less.
To address the problems of marine plastics and public science, we created an educational tool geared towards children: the Ice Cream Scoop Trawl.
The P.E.T. is a do-it-yourself ocean plastic monitoring device based on filtering plastics through a mesh bag containing textured balls constructed out of materials easily found in household settings.
Your can use beach clean ups to create data about local marine macroplastics. This protocol uses the Marine Debris Tracker so data goes into a public data set that scientists can use.
Beach surveys give valuable information as to the types, quantities, and even sources of marine plastics floating at sea.
Created with baby’s tights, soda pop bottles, and other inexpensive and easy to find materials, #Babylegs can be used to trawl for floating marine plastics by hand or from a vessel.