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talljasperman's avatar

How can an average person contribute to science and technology?

Asked by talljasperman (21798points) April 19th, 2010

Lets say you have a high school diploma and you don’t have the marks to get into university; but you would like to add to the wealth of knowledge…what does one do? How can those without degrees contribute to scientific discovery?

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deni's avatar

donate your body to science!!!!!!!!!

njnyjobs's avatar

offer to be research subjects for new drugs and treatment.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Raise children interested in science.

talljasperman's avatar

I guess one could become a memeber of PBS…or donate to scientific charities

njnyjobs's avatar

Volunteer in fund-raising activities that support reaserches…such as Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, etc.

LuckyGuy's avatar

There are lots of opportunities to help. Any trade has the potential to contribute. You can be a lab technician. You can work in a machine shop making components for the test devices. Construction workers build the buildings, dig the trenches. Who do you think dug the tunnels for rhe super collider? Not the scientists. They can’t do their work without the work of others.
Heck, even English majors are needed to write proposals.
Sorry, History majors are screwed.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Become a volunteer in some experiment. Or try to make your own experiment. You will contribute something if you succeed,and even if you failed you’ll still contribute something about what method can’t be done in some science experiment.

marinelife's avatar

You can use your computer’s idle time to work on scientific experiments.

phoebusg's avatar

It sounds like you’re interested in getting involved, not just side-line stuff.
You can just hop right into it, it’s not hard it’s just made to look that way.
Get the books, go through articles – find an area of interest to you. Find out more, do a full literature review.. you’ll soon find out how to add to that. You can contact researchers, become a research assistant and so forth. Maybe even do some side courses.

Great question – best of luck :)

Zen_Again's avatar

Bill Gates didn’t finish college.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Educate yourself about science and research as best you can and raise children with a hunger to learn and a desire to make the world a better place. Support research that means something to you by donating, by encouraging others to do the same. Support good education in your community.

You can make a difference without doing the science yourself! Thank you.

mattbrowne's avatar

Well, we know that “simple” patent officers can contribute.

JohnRobert's avatar

Travel into the Amazon rain forrest and identify a new species of something.

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