The Public Lab Store Starter kits for DIY environmental science

Foldable Mini-Spectrometer

As seen and available at the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Hall of Science, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

$10

The Public Lab Foldable Mini-Spectrometer folds up in minutes to transform your smartphone into a compact, simple, yet powerful experimental tool -- a visible/near-infrared spectrometer, also known as a spectroscope or spectrophotometer. 

This kit comes die-cut from thick, light-blocking black card stock and includes a DVD (used as a diffraction grating), a custom fit collimation slit, along with complete instructions for assembly (and downloadable design files), attachment to your phone or webcam, and calibration to take and share accurate spectra through Spectral Workbench. Just add glue or tape!

For a more rigid, robust tool, try the Desktop Spectrometry Kit, which plugs into your computer with a USB cable, or the Smartphone Spectrometer, which is made from rigid, injection-molded plastic (perfect for carrying around in your backpack!).

Please allow 2 weeks for shipping. All Public Lab content is CC-BY-SA and CERN OHL 1.1

Community Science Forum: Oil Testing

Our quarterly print publication has a new name, and a wider scope. It's now called the Community Science Forum, and the first issue with the new focus is on our work to create a DIY Oil Testing method and hardware.
  • * Announcing Spectral Workbench 2
  • * DIY Oil Testing
  • * Using the OTK with Gulf Coast Communities
  • * Oil Sheen Testing
  • * Spectrometry Intensity Calibration

Usually $5, we're offering the new issue at an experimental price of $2 plus shipping.

Our quarterly print publication has a new name, and a wider scope. It's now called the Community Science Forum, and the first issue with the new focus is on our work to create a DIY Oil Testing method and hardware. This issue includes: Announcing Spectral Workbench 2 by Jeffrey Warren DIY Oil Testing by Jeffrey Warren , Stevie Lewis and Gretchen Gehrke Using the Oil Testing Kit with Gulf Coast Communities by Stevie Lewis DIY Oil Testing Narratives by Ann Chen Oil Sheen Testing by Matej Vakula Spectometer Intensity Calibration by Yagiz Sutcu Collecting Oil Sheen on Newtown Creek, Dutch Kills, Queens, NY by Matej Vakula and nameiswillis $2 plus shipping! You can also view the PDF version. Or, you could become a Sustaining Member and get a whole year's subscription for free!

Event Packs

Do you have an event planned and would like to introduce Public Lab to your community? Order a $10 Event Pack with GMF and foldout maps!

Wholesale

Want to carry our kits in your own store? Order wholesale! Contact the kits team.

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