Science Laboratory Equipment

Written by Jared Vincenti
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In an educational environment, it has been shown that giving students hands-on experience working with the material results in better comprehension and more student interest. Because of this, many schools do their best to incorporate science labs into their curricula. By finding simple but engaging ways to show science in action, science labs are an invaluable educational resource. Sadly, science labs are often under-funded, especially in poorer public schools--but it is possible to set up a science lab on a small budget.

Simple Science Laboratories

A chemistry lab may be the most difficult to set up on a budget. It can be expensive to come up with enough glassware for every student to do his own experiment, and chemical reagents need to be replentished frequently. A common solution to this is for the instructor to do demonstrations for the class, and to simply choose more spectacular experiments. There are a number of chemistry demonstrations with very visible results, and lab demonstrations can cut costs dramatically.

A biology lab can be set up for a very modest cost. Plant science is perhaps the most inexpensive branch of biology, because students can find plants in grocery stores or even growing outside. A few microscopes don't cost much, and may even be donated by local labs that may be upgrading their hardware. Being resourceful is the key to a good biology classroom, as a few basic supplies and the natural world make for a great learning experience.

Finally, you don't need a particle accelerator for a physics lab. Most high school physics classes deal with mechanics--the properties of simple objects in motion. A few wooden blocks, some strings and weights, and a few protractors can make physics come to life. Watching predictions of force and motion prove themselves in motion is a great way to bring some reality to the often abstract sciences, and to more actively engage the students.


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