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.  

 

 

Science is for everyone, even kids [Video]
Amy O'Toole, one of the youngest published scientists in the world, describes the experiment that made her famous and how science can help shape a child's life.