Scientific research is to date largely restricted to wealthy laboratories in developed nations due to the necessity of complex and expensive equipment. This inequality limits the capacity of science to be used as a diplomatic channel. Maker movements use open-source technologies including additive manufacturing (3D printing) and laser cutting, together with low-cost computers for developing novel products. This movement is setting the groundwork for a revolution, allowing scientific equipment to be sourced at a fraction of the cost and has the potential to increase the availability of equipment for scientists around the world. Science education is increasingly recognized as another channel for science diplomacy. In this perspective, we introduce the idea that the Maker movement and open-source technologies have the potential to revolutionize science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education worldwide. We present an open-source STEM didactic tool called SCOPES (Sparking Curiosity through Open-source Platforms in Education and Science). SCOPES is self-contained, independent of local resources, and cost-effective. SCOPES can be adapted to communicate complex subjects from genetics to neurobiology, perform real-world biological experiments and explore digitized scientific samples. We envision such platforms will enhance science diplomacy by providing a means for scientists to share their findings with classrooms and for educators to incorporate didactic concepts into STEM lessons. By providing students the opportunity to design, perform, and share scientific experiments, students also experience firsthand the benefits of a multinational scientific community. We provide instructions on how to build and use SCOPES on our webpage: http://scopeseducation.org.
Frontiers in Education
Beattie RJ, Hippenmeyer S, Pauler F. SCOPES: Sparking curiosity through Open-Source platforms in education and science. Frontiers in Education. 2020;5. doi:10.3389/feduc.2020.00048
Beattie, R. J., Hippenmeyer, S., & Pauler, F. (2020). SCOPES: Sparking curiosity through Open-Source platforms in education and science. Frontiers in Education, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00048
Beattie, Robert J, Simon Hippenmeyer, and Florian Pauler. “SCOPES: Sparking Curiosity through Open-Source Platforms in Education and Science.” Frontiers in Education 5 (2020). https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00048.
R. J. Beattie, S. Hippenmeyer, and F. Pauler, “SCOPES: Sparking curiosity through Open-Source platforms in education and science,” Frontiers in Education, vol. 5, 2020.
Beattie RJ, Hippenmeyer S, Pauler F. 2020. SCOPES: Sparking curiosity through Open-Source platforms in education and science. Frontiers in Education. 5.
Beattie, Robert J., et al. “SCOPES: Sparking Curiosity through Open-Source Platforms in Education and Science.” Frontiers in Education, vol. 5, 48, Frontiers Media, 2020, doi:10.3389/feduc.2020.00048.
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