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When 17 year old Hayden Parker says he’s a backyard scientist, he means it literally. He’s converted the family backyard BBQ area into an outdoor chemistry lab where he shoots videos of his experiments. It’s a little harrowing watching him do some of these procedures, such as synthesizing nitric acid, and making some critical mistakes (which he apologizes for in his YouTube descriptions). Hayden: Be careful! We dig your enthusiasm and curiosity, but we don’t want to see people in Hazmat suits swarming over your backyard on the evening news!

In this video, Hayden gives a tour of his lab, which is a good place to start with his YouTube offerings. [Thanks to MAKE subscriber Jon Rutlen for sending us this link!]

Backyard Chemistry

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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