The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory

The Annotated Build It Yourself Science Laboratory

We have a book coming out!

Coming soon: The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory is a new, updated version of Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory, the classic 1960’s hands-on science book by Raymond E. Barrett.

The book is scheduled to make its debut at Maker Faire next week, where I’ll be speaking about it. It’s also available for pre-order now from and other sellers of books, as well as from our store.

We’ll be writing much more about the book once it’s out— about what’s in the book, the process of updating and annotating it, and about the hundreds of project ideas spanning biology, geology, chemistry, physics and more.

However, since we’re already in teaser mode, here are some photos of the original version from the 1960’s:




Fine print: “You can build these and many other experimental items with materials from your home, garage, or local hardware store. Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory will show you how!”

The Annotated Build It Yourself Science Laboratory


4 thoughts on “The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory

  1. This will be the perfect book for my sons’ summer science camp @ home. Preordered!

  2. I remember bringing the original book home from my school library in the late 60’s and being totally consumed with reading it and building my own mad scientist lab in the basement. For years I’ve wondered if this book was still available, but I could only remembered the shape and not the title/author. And now it’s back! THANK YOU!!!

  3. Need a schematic to make a circuit board that can be attached to a hand crank magneto from a old crank phone, because I want to use the circuit to charge a battery 12v or 24 volt. Anyone have any ideas?

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