At age 10, Amy O'Toole was not interested in science. But she enrolled in a program directed by neuroscientist Beau Lotto that was part art program and part science lab. The premise of the progam, called "i, scientist," was to develop a science experiment with a group of 26 primary school students in Blackawton, England. Through the program, O'Toole not only completed a scientific experiment, but much more.

 

The project led to the publication of the first ever peer-reviewed scientific paper written by schoolchildren ("Blackawton Bees," Royal Society's Biology Letters, December 2010). It was written by the kids and thus begins, "Once upon a time ...

 

In this Ted Talk, Beau Lotto and Amy O'Toole talk about the experiment, and why it is so important to get kids involved and engaged in science.