Now is the time to get school children involved in science education through some great practical biology games. Despite the inclement weather there is still the great opportunity to get students studying the natural world. Safely collect the bud unharmed in a Pooter bug hunter and see what it looks like at five times magnification using a hand held magnifying glass or in a specimen viewer.
Everything from pond dipping to studying bugs under a magnifying glass creates a wonderment of the creatures that live around us. The enlarged view lets children experience the intricate detail that is invisible to the naked eye. The keen2learn range covers insect nets, bottom dragging nets and bug collectors as well as magnifying glasses and specimen viewers.
Cost, storage, and disposal of used chemicals have impacted on science education in schools. But now physics, chemistry and biology in the classroom have have learnt a lesson from the subject itself. The latest science teaching resources have been miniaturised without losing any impact in the effectiveness of the curriculum. Saving storage space, cleaning time and minimising the use and disposal of chemicals the microscience workstation approach is a truly green approach to education.
As its name implies Microscience is science practical work carried out on a small scale. The scientific principles of the conventional scale still apply but there are many differences that make Microscience very educationally rewarding.:
Students can work individually gaining greater ownership of their learning and allow teacher assessment
Lower cost using much smaller amounts of chemicals in the experiments
Environmentally friendly with lower consumption of energy, water and less waste
Lower health and safety risks means those impossible experiments becomes possible!
Experiments are quicker with less clearing up, washing and storage of equipment
More time is available for lesson introductions and plenary sessions.
The workstation is easy-to-use, adaptable and has well-established laboratory procedures and supplied with a large number of materials and worksheets. The hand-sized Comboplate allows microscale experiments at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and a link between practical work at all three. Other innovations such as the Combostill (used for organic preparations) and the microburette provides an almost complete coverage of chemical techniques. The science experiments avoidable on a micro scale include:
Gas preparation and testing
Distillation and refluxing (including steam distillation)
Heating of chemicals and testing the gases evolved
Rates of reaction including reactions catalysed by enzymes
Quantitative chemistry including titrations; molar volumes and gravimetric analysis
Preparation of salts
Separating the components of mixtures
Simulation of osmosis and other phenomena
Micoscience overcomes many anxieties of practical work for teachers. Working on a micro scale encourages innovative and an heuristic approach. The apparatus can also be taken home. The amounts of chemicals used are so small the kitchen worktop is ideal as a place of work and the waste can disappear safely down the kitchen sink. The adaptable and easy-to-use apparatus has spearheaded a completely new approach to science in the classroom. Teachers are given confidence by the ease of use and the range of worksheets and support available.