Science and Math are the Keystones of Science Education

Standards of American education have shown a marked increase over the years. It has been the focus of teachers and now politicians to improve science education in the classroom. This is the only possible way that the American graduate can successfully compete on an international level. The predictions are that the majority of jobs that will be created over the next few years will require a high level of math and science skills.

science and mathIdeally, a complex and intent science education will begin with middle school science curriculum and continue through the students’ high school curriculum. Providing the necessary materials for teaching these subjects will enhance the progress. Science kits that are part of the science curriculum will stir the interest of students and bring an awareness of the science that is all around them.

Science books have their place in the classroom. Bringing the words and pictures in the books to life will bring a broader understanding of the material. A hands-on approach to the lesson through the use of science kits will enable the student to bring a thought to life. They will have the ability to take words from a book and see that the lessons taught are indeed factual. Continue reading

Helpful Organization Tips for High School Science Teachers

lab equipmentHigh school science teachers today face unique challenges in the classroom. Teachers are responsible for organizing lab equipment, setting up labs, grading papers and teaching students the high school science curriculum in an interesting way. One of the best ways to ensure you are efficient in the classroom is to focus on organization. Organization allows you to focus on teaching, instead of spending all your time managing your students. To improve your overall organization in the classroom, here are several helpful tips to follow.

Tip #1 – Focus on Routines and Procedures for Safety

One organization tip for high school science teachers is to focus on routines and procedures for safety within the classroom. Specific routines and procedures must be established to ensure that experiments in the classroom are handled safety. It is important to ensure that equipment is handled properly by student, and after every use, equipment should be put away carefully and neatly. For organized labs, preparation is essential. Come up with a routine for class labs, inform students of that routine and ensure everyone follows it. It is also essential to prepare and organize before a lab, gathering materials, equipment and procedure information. This will keep your classroom running smoothly, even when it is time to focus on performing labs. Continue reading

Getting Students To Read Their Textbooks

samplesAs science educators, we only wish that getting students to read their textbooks was as simple as getting them to read their text messages. The National Science Education directives may recommend completing a certain number of experiments in the classroom every year, but these experiments will only help your students if they bother to learn the key components of the science textbooks that they carry with them every day in your class.

If getting your students to study for tests seems like a challenging undertaking, then you know how rough it can be to get your students to read their textbooks before coming to class. Even the promise of getting to participate in a SEPUP brand science experiment may not be enough incentive to get your children to take their textbooks home and actually open them the night before. Managing to get your students to read their textbooks can be a challenge for any teacher. Continue reading

Giving Students A Modern Education

science edProviding your students with a modern education means that you have to give them every advantage that you can to prepare them for the world beyond the high school’s doors. The National Science Education requirements may seem daunting for the science educator to meet, but once you understand what these requirements are helping students to prepare for, you can better appreciate how modern equipment will offer your students a modern education.

The National Science Education requirements can run a science teacher ragged with all of the demands that must be met. Trying to figure all of these different experiments out on your own and get the school science materials in order so they can be run is enough to turn anyone grey prematurely.

If you are faced with needing to run more experiments than you are accustomed to, consider letting a few of Lab-Aid’s school science materials take the heat off of you a little bit. We have plenty of different kits to choose from, and offer your students a variety of topic-related opportunities that are appropriate for middle and high school aged students alike.

As an educator, you will be able to select those school science materials that best fit both your classroom needs and your current budget. Many of our kits are designed so that educators can afford them without breaking the bank, and able to be purchased without needing special permission for a loan from the school board to do it. Best of all, these kits even come with an easy refill option for when supplies start running low.

Every aspect of Lab-Aids school science materials are designed to correspond with the National Science Education requirements, so that your students can get the hands on experiences they need without you having to wrack your brain in order to come up with the experiment yourself. All of these kits have professionally written story lines behind them, giving your students not only a reason to care about the experiment, but a question that needs to be answered from using the results they achieve during the experiment itself.

Since we go out of our way to cover every aspect of the experiment in the kit itself, your students will benefit from the use of our school science materials as well. We provide everything that you need for at least 130 students to use the kit. This means that all the cups, droppers, chemicals, worksheets, tools, and equipment is included for you. Each kit will have a list of items that the educator must provide, but these items are always simple for any teacher to get their hands on.

Instead of letting the National Science Education requirements get you down, consider letting Lab-Aids fill in the gap in your classroom. Your students will have their required number of experiments, without you needing to worry about what to get them to do.

School Science Experiments That Essentially Run Themselves

school materialsWhen it comes time for the annual science experiments in your classroom, you know how much you need them to run smoothly. These required moments in the middle school science curriculum can be a relaxing time of learning, or a stressful time of confusion. The difference between the two situations is a fine line, often arranged simply by the amount of planning that goes in to the experiment itself.

If you are one of those educators that insists on trying to come up with your own school science experiments, then you know about the nature of attempting to keep the classroom moving. Your students may not be sure of what to do next, and find themselves waiting around for the slower groups to catch up. Even when the order of things is carefully spelled out, the students may feel as if their time is being wasted. All of their efforts with the elements of the experiment will amount to nothing more than answering the questions on a worksheet. Continue reading

When Is ‘Advanced’ Too Advanced For Your Students?

class experimentAs a science educator, you are constantly concerned about what your students can handle. The easiest way to lose your students completely is to introduce them to something that they aren’t ready for. Whether they haven’t had the base concepts introduced to them, or you simply feel that the next lesson may be moving too fast, you still have to push ever onward in order to keep up with the National Science Education requirements concerning your classroom.

Part of keeping up with these requirements means giving your students a certain number of middle school science experiments to get their hands on throughout the year. But if it feels like your students aren’t ready for the experiment, you may doubt whether you should go ahead with it or not. Instead of mulling over the idea, there are tips to make sure that your students can catch up and be ready for the experiment when the time comes. Continue reading

5 Reasons SEPUP Materials Make For A Good School Year

lab aids kitsBefore you start planning out the coming school year, you need to know what supplies you will have to work with. While your school system may not be able to afford new supplies for every school year, you can arrange for school science materials that will make a difference in your classroom. SEPUP materials offer many benefits other than simply having a name brand in the classroom.

Ease Of Use

SEPUP kits and modules make for perfect school science materials because they are easy for everyone to use. The included tools and materials have been specially designed for classroom use, meaning that each work station in your lab can be fully supplied without the educator needing to run out and buy a bunch of bottles or dishes. Easy to follow instructions will keep your students on track through the entire experiment. Continue reading

One Day Science Modules Spice Up Classroom Experiences

lab materialsThere are times when your classroom atmosphere just feels a little on the dull and repetitive side. Through no lack of effort on your own, those long stretches between big science kits end up feeling like the daily grind to your students. If you want to keep them interested in the branch of science they are learning about, then you need to attempt to work in some additional middle school science experiments for them to experience.

These experiments don’t have to be the long, drawn out type. Here at Lab-Aids, we know how much those one and two day adventures into hands on science can help your students regain their focus and inspiration in the classroom. To that end, our science modules have been constructed to provide a splash of entertainment and hands on fun to your students, while still keeping them on topic. They encourage your students to think on their feet and allow them to see, first hand, the reactions that common scientific principles operate on. Continue reading

What Materials Should Be Recorded In Science Education Notebooks?

educational materialsFor those instructors who haven’t before encouraged students to keep specific scientific notebooks as a part of your mandated school science materials, the concept of doing so can be a little overwhelming. But, as part of the updated science education requirements, science instructors are facing the implementation of the science notebook.

If you are trying to figure out how to talk your students through keeping a proper experiments notebook as part of your regular school science materials, you don’t need to worry. Lab-Aids is committed to helping instructors across the country deal with the science notebook implementation for the coming semester. Continue reading

Using Science Kits To Master Leadership Skills

science kitsBy the time they reach middle school, students have generally had very little experience with the concept of leadership skills. The majority of their elementary school time was spent learning to sit still, be quiet, and obey instructions. While this has served as a proper introduction to the way society expects adults to behave, it has yet to start developing the stand alone skills that middle school science classes now seek to master in students.

Among those skill sets, perhaps the most important that you will work on as a part of school science classes is leadership. When it comes to science kits, you know this means that there will be work to be done as a group. Within that group, students will have to learn to work together, or no one will get their assignments finished. What you are hoping by creating these groups is that someone will step forward to become the leader within the group itself. Continue reading