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Science Lab Safety Tips to Remember

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School science labs supply students with a unique hands-on learning experience.

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While labs allow students to experience the fascinating world of discovery, they also place them in situations that have the potential to become dangerous. The use of toxic chemicals and fire makes safety in the science lab a subject every teacher must address. The tips provided below can help students stay safe while exploring the world of science.

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Quicksand Science Experiment

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Looking for a new experiment for your science classroom?   The Keeping Science Real team from Diversified Woodcrafts has created another practical and entertaining video demonstrating an experiment with quicksand.  The experiment is simple and you only need cornstarch, water, and a mobile science desk so the whole class can see.  Oh, and you will need a toy horse to sink, naming him Artax is optional.  Enjoy the experiment and pass it along

Einstein Fellowship for Classroom Teachers

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The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Fellows provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs. Fellowships increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between legislative and executive branches and the science, mathematics, and technology. education community.

If you know a teacher that excels behind their science lab tablecomputer table or can spends hours working a formula on a dry erase board, suggest that they take their expertise to Capital Hill. 

Albert Einstein Fellows bring to Congress and appropriate branches of the federal government the extensive knowledge and experience of classroom teachers. They provide practical insights and “real world” perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing or managing educational programs. During the Fellowship, each Einstein Fellow receives a monthly stipend of $6000.00 plus a $1000.00 monthly cost of living allowance. In addition, there is a moving/relocation allowance as well as a professional travel allowance.
Deadline for application is January 13, 2010.

Open Entry for Vernier Science Awards

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Attention science instructors, the 2010 Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Technology Award is now up for grabs. Every year, the program awards cash, technology, and travel funds for science teachers that present innovative use of data-collection technology using graphing calculator, computer, or other handheld equipment in the science classroom.

Every year students gather around their science lab tablesand work on experiments, so why not get innovative and inspire and motivate students with this reward.

Vernier will award up to seven prizes to K-12 and post-secondary educators:

  • One award at the Elementary Level (Grades K-5)
  • Two awards at the Middle School Level (Grades 6-8)
  • Three awards at the High School Level (Grades 9-12)
  • One award at the College Level

The prizes, valued at $3,000, include $1,000 cash, $1,000 in Vernier equipment, and $1,000 towards a trip to the 2010 NSTA National Convention.

“Our goal at Vernier is to get teachers and students excited science and it is our hope that more and more students become interested in STEM careers. Hands-on activities using probeware allows students to conduct experiments using 21st century technology,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier, in a statement released this week. “This awards program has been successful in both honoring creative, forward-thinking science teaching and in bringing these techniques to other educators to use in the classroom.”

According to Vernier, successful applicants will enter projects involving hands-on, inquiry-based learning and data collection using computers and handheld devices, such as Vernier LabQuest.

Entries are due Nov. 30. Information and applications can be found on the Vernier website.

What kind of experiments will you introduce to your students?

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