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  • Saftey contract list v3
    Nuts & Bolts | September 2018 Setting the Tone for Safety with Younger Students

    This article outlines the basic considerations for lab safety in the elementary science classroom. Sample student safety contracts are provided by the author for teacher use.

  • Hazard
    Nuts & Bolts | May 2017 There’s More to the New Safety Data Sheets than a Missing “M”

    Safety in the chemistry lab is a concern for all teachers, regardless of years of experience. In 2015, major changes occurred to chemical labels and SDS in the US, however, many people that work and teach with chemicals are still fuzzy on the details. This article aims to increase your comfort level with SDSs by describing the timeline, some changes over the last 5 years, pros/cons of the newer format, related hazard communication issues, and providing info on other available resources.

  • Wow factor flame
    Nuts & Bolts | September 2016 Keeping the Wow Factor, and Controlling the Risks

    This article reviews the safety problems inherent in the “traditional” rainbow experiment and similar demonstrations, the responses from various organizations, and safer alternatives.

  • Flame jar
    Resource Feature | November 2014 A Cracking Good Reaction

    Eliminate safety concerns of cracking hydrocarbons in a classroom setting by doing the reaction with a microscale set up.

  • Nitrates cover
    Nuts & Bolts | May 2015 Lab Cleanup in 15 Minutes a Day

    Simple steps all busy teachers can take to clean and organize their prep room.

  • Demo ped
    Nuts & Bolts | November 2014 Demonstrations and Good Pedagogy

    Given recent accidents involving methanol, are traditional, teacher-performed, passive-student demonstrations best?

  • Ruby cover disposal
    Nuts & Bolts | May 2016 Managing Chemical Wastes in the High School Lab

    Need a quick reference on chemical disposal? This article provides a solid starting point to determine proper disposal methods for high school lab waste.