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Any useful bits for own science lab? Ideas please.

Discussion in 'Science' started by robbywilliams66, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Which key stages and subjects?
  2. catherine_ann

    catherine_ann Occasional commenter

    I will be teaching all three sciences to ks3 and ks4.
  3. String and assorted size balls (inc ping pong)
    post it notes
    always have your own cigarette lighter (even if you don't smoke)
  4. MarkS

    MarkS New commenter

    I would suggest getting on the websites of people like the IoP and RSC to request copies of all of their free posters and leaflets - they make excellent long term display materials!
    Get yourself a lockable tool box from B&Q and a combination padlock - keep your stationery in the box and lock it at all times!
  5. If you're using a whiteboard - I find a piece of towelling better for wiping the board than a standard board eraser. Also a bottle of dettol is handy because it cleans away permanent marker from the whiteboard (which sometimes happens) very effectively.
  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Also at Christmas ask people if they will bring in any 2011 calendars on a wildlife, plants, vaguely science theme, they make good displays once cut up.
  7. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Talk very politely to the technicians.
    I like to always have hidden in my cupboard:
    paper towels
    dustpan & brush
    several books of UI paper
    a multimeter
    spare filter papers
    cotton wool
    splints (try not to let the students see where these live)
    pipettes (ditto)
    cheap pair of pliers
    Best wishes,
    Enjoy the new job.
    (I'll probably think of several other things the moment I log off).
  8. flimsynight

    flimsynight New commenter

    My own science lab? Ah... the stuff of dreams....

    From Flimsy-"onedaytheremightbealabforme"-night.
  9. emmadrg

    emmadrg New commenter

    Thought of another - some Lego or Megabloks (or similar) comes in handy now and then.
  10. A couple of magnets - sorry if already mentioned
  11. Get people to collect their food/supermarket magazines & sturdy empty food packets - useful for teaching about food/diet/keeping healthy,. Also some cheap mini torches, Oh and a big tub of marbles has come in handy on numerous occasions - good luck!!


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