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Public Laboratory Oil Testing Kit Beta Program

Main Project Information
Presented By Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science
Goal Identify oil pollutants using our new DIY Oil Testing Kit
Task Test, troubleshoot, and give feedback on our new Oil Testing Kit
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Public Lab has officially launched the new Oil Testing Kit Public Beta Program, and now we need your help to take our new Kit to the next level. This is an exciting opportunity to help improve our prototype DIY methods for classifying unknown petroleum samples by weight. Our eventual goal is for this kit to be usable to test and compare oil spill residues - that's where you come in!

Public Lab is offering the new 3.0 version of our Desktop Spectrometry Kit, plus a prototype version of the new Oil Testing Kit attachment, free of charge for 20 people who can commit to test and offer feedback on the kit.

In exchange for the free kits, Beta Program members will be required to:

- Post ‘unboxing’ and ‘finished assembly’ photos on Twitter.
- Post feedback on the kit and sample preparation methods in one or more research notes at
- Create and post a set of spectra from the samples sent with the kit (detailed information on how to do this is on our website)
- Share and discuss input and suggestions on ways to improve the kit on Public Lab’s “plots-spectrometry” mailing list
- Attend two meetups with other Beta Kit Participants online (to be announced soon)

How to Join

Be one of the first 20 people to apply online here:

Social Media
Required Gear

None - Public Lab will mail a free kit to you!

Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Class Materials
Tags civic science, ecology & environment, enviroment, environment, environmental, environmental change, environmental design, environmental science, environment and health, oil, oil pollution, oil spill, oil testing, open source, pollution, public lab
Project Updated 01/30/2018