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Roy, Ken – Science Teacher, 2011
This column provides best safety practices for the science classroom and laboratory. In this month's issue, pregnancy policy in the laboratory is discussed. One can't ignore the fact that student and faculty pregnancies--and the resulting potential hazards in the science laboratory--exist at the high school level. Science teachers need to be…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Science Laboratories, Science Teachers, Laboratory Safety
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2011
In building projects or renovations, architects and administrators tend to label the science instructional space as a "science classroom," as opposed to a "science laboratory." What exactly is a science classroom, and what is a science laboratory? According to OSHA's Laboratory Standard (OSHA #29 CFR part 1910.1450), "laboratory" means a facility…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2011
Use of animals in middle school science classrooms is a curriculum component worthy of consideration, providing proper investigation and planning are addressed. A responsible approach to this action, including safety, must be adopted for success. In this month's column, the author provides some suggestions on incorporating animals into the…
Descriptors: Caring, Animals, School Safety, Science Instruction
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2010
While glue guns are very useful, there are safety issues. Regardless of the temperature setting, glue guns can burn skin. The teacher should demonstrate and supervise the use of glue guns and have a plan should a student get burned. There should be an initial first aid protocol in place, followed by a visit to the school nurse. An accident report…
Descriptors: Technology Education, Art Education, Science Education, Equipment
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2010
This month's column features two true stories about the use of chemicals in the middle school science classroom. The lesson of these stories is simple. Certainly, it is prudent to have age-appropriate experiences in science, given the developmental constraints of students in middle school. On the other hand, when the curriculum necessitates…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Education, Middle Schools, Secondary School Science
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2010
Should middle school science teachers be concerned about students bringing in unknown sources of soil to work on in class as the activity suggests? The science is well intended, but is it safe? What are some possible safety issues that might be of concern in dealing with soil samples? This month's column provides several examples of unsuspecting…
Descriptors: Safety, Soil Science, Science Teachers, Middle Schools
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2007
The haphazard storing and tracking of chemicals in the laboratory is a serious safety issue facing science teachers. To get control of your chemicals, try implementing a "chemical tracking system". A chemical tracking system (CTS) is a database of chemicals used in the laboratory. If implemented correctly, a CTS will reduce purchasing costs,…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Costs, Occupational Safety and Health, Chemistry
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2005
Model rocketry is one of the best ways to get students interested in the physical sciences. Following safety guidelines, rocketry can really turn students on to science and also help them understand the applications of theories and scientific principles (Newton's laws of motion, force, mass, projectile motion, etc.) they are learning. The study…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physical Sciences, Motion, Physics
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2005
Lighting a fluorescent bulb by touching it to the nose of a student who has one hand on an electrostatic generator is an illuminating demonstration of the properties of voltage. It demonstrates that the several hundred thousand volts of electricity passing through the student's body are not dangerous. However, students and teachers need to…
Descriptors: Lighting, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Safety
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2005
This article describes OSHA procedures for handling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. The Laboratory Standard requires a Chemical Hygiene Plan to address all aspects of working with hazardous chemicals. This includes dealing with chemical spills. Chemical spill kits or "spill crash carts" need to be available in case…
Descriptors: Safety, Laboratories, Hazardous Materials, Science Education
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2005
Unless the teacher is working at an ergonomically designed workstation, using a computer can result in eyestrain, neck aches, backaches, and headaches. Unfortunately, most teachers do their keyboarding at desks, on lab tables, and in other spaces that were not designed with computer use in mind. Ergonomics is the science of adapting workstations,…
Descriptors: Workstations, Work Environment, Science Teachers, Human Factors Engineering
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2004
Science laboratory activities and classroom demonstrations can be both fun and serious. "Fun" in that the students get nature to expose a few of its secrets in interesting ways. "Serious" in that there needs to be respect for the equipment and materials used in experiments and demonstrations in order to stay out of harm?s way. Laboratory accidents…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Activities, Human Body, Safety
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2004
Studying animals in the classroom enables students to develop skills of observation and comparison, a sense of stewardship, and an appreciation for the unity, interrelationships, and complexity of life. This article offers guidelines for working with live animals in the science classroom or laboratory.
Descriptors: Observation, Animals, Science Education, Classroom Techniques
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2004
As heat sources go, the old standby for elementary and middle school science laboratories has been the centuries old alcohol lamp. Unfortunately, this inexpensive heat producer has been a continuous source of accidents--many of which are relatively serious. Hot plates are emerging as the most popular source of heat for science experiments. The…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Equipment
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Roy, Ken – Science Scope, 2004
Chemistry should be fun and exciting, but much preparation and skill are needed by the teacher and students in working with chemicals. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and things can blow up, but these incidents can help be prevented by knowing and following proper safety procedures. Knowing which chemicals are appropriate for the middle level…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Safety, Fuels, Middle Schools