Are Some Science Educators Playing with Fire? When Does Sharing an Experiment Cross a Line?

from Steve Spangler’s blog: Are some science educators being irresponsible with bigger-is-better, let’s-blow-things-up science demonstrations?

With knowledge comes power and with power comes responsibility.

Chemistry can be dangerous… and explosive. Mixing chemicals, discovering the flammable elements, and playing with fire; no wonder chemistry also involves safety goggles, hot pads, lab coats and eye wash. Chemistry can also be cool. Making things explode, ignite and react is exciting. And tempting.

That is why chemistry teachers share demonstrations in a controlled, safe environment.

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