What do you need?Posted: November 8, 2010
I have recently finished assembling some kits of hands-on materials for LIS members to check out for use in your classrooms.
- Light & Optics—Laser pointers, mirrors with holders, and clear plastic rectangular prism-shaped bottles (fill with water to demonstrate refraction). This is the same basic equipment we used in the summer workshop. Each kit contains six lasers, six bottles, and 24 mirrors.
- Sedimentation—Remember those Sedimentator™ tubes you’ve seen in the catalogs but couldn’t afford? We’ve got some! Each kit contains six tubes, a Teacher’s Guide with three activity suggestions (Sediments, Sedimentary Rocks, and Fossils), and a Student Guide with reading passages. PDF files of the guides are also available on request.
- Soil, Sands, and Gravel—I always had trouble finding different textures and porosities of soils for testing when I was in the classroom, and wish I’d found this back then. Kits contain 32 oz. each of topsoil, clay, silt, fine and coarse sand, gravel, and pebbles.
- Dino-Lite—The coolest development in digital microscopes I have seen in a while. This handheld device connects directly to your computer or laptop by USB cable, magnifies up to 200x, has built-in LED lights, and has image- and video-capture capability. I would love to try it out with the FOSS Landforms stream table activities! Each kit contains one Dino-Lite digital microscope, one goose-neck desktop stand, and all necessary software.
Have an idea for a new kit? Search your brain for those “wouldn’t-it-be-cool” things, and let me know what you come up with.
To check out and borrow any of the new kits, send me an email. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, for one week at a time.