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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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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?

Science Education

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There is a science to creating a great space for both students and teachers to thrive in the classroom.  Visit http://www.worthingtondirect.com today for all of you classroom furniture essentials.  Science tables, science stools, mobile lab stations, science lab sinks and microscope storage cabinets from National Public Seating and Diversified Woodcrafts are just the tools that your school needs to get back to science.

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In the past six years, science has slipped as a priority in public schools while reading and mathematics have grown dominant. But in coming years, experts say, the same federal law that elevated reading and math could spark a resurgence of science in the classroom.

The 2002 No Child Left Behind law required states to test students in science starting in the 2007-08 year, on top of reading and math assessments mandated from the start. Virginia has given science tests since 1998, but the exams are new for Maryland and the District. (Separately, Maryland tests high school students in biology as a graduation requirement.) Unlike the reading and math test results, science scores won’t be used to grade schools for accountability.

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But education leaders predict that the scores will matter when disseminated to the public. At least six states, including Maryland, released their first science scores this fall. The first science scores from D.C. schools will be released later this year. Overall results from the new tests "are not very good," said Francis Q. Eberle, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association in Arlington. "As a matter of fact, they’re pretty dismal. And it really shouldn’t surprise anybody," he said, because science as a topic "has really gone off the instructional radar."

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In New Hampshire and Rhode Island, according to news reports, three-quarters of students failed the first science exams. But in Maryland, more than three-fifths of those tested passed inaugural science tests in grades 5 and 8. Mary Thurlow, state coordinator for science, said she was "pleasantly surprised," considering that many schools "were not teaching science as often as they should."

Science advocates recommend 45 minutes to an hour of science instruction daily starting in upper elementary grades. But many elementary and middle schools now offer half as much science as they did before the law was enacted. Middle schools that used to teach a full year of science and social studies now may offer a half-year of each. Elementary schools have squeezed the two subjects into one block of time to make room for more reading and math. continue reading

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