How to get the Most from the Learner Chemistry Kit
What makes the Learner Chemistry Kit a Great Tool?
It’s surprising how many experiments you can do with the Learner chemistry kit. From testing for starch in a leaf, to collecting gases or evaporating a liquid, the kit is incredibly versatile and its design perfectly anticipates the needs of the Grade 4-12 Science teacher. The equipment packs away neatly into a plastic tray, so that you’re ready to get started for your next class. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to hunt around for missing equipment in the middle of a lesson.
What’s Included in the Kit?
|Small glass beaker||Spirit lamp|
|Delivery tube with elbow||3 stoppers|
|Plastic funnel||Stirring rod|
|Filter paper||Test tube brush|
|Heating platform||Test tube rack|
|10 ml measuring cylinder||4 test tubes, 16 mm|
|3 mini pipettes||Thermometer|
|Plastic trough||Watch glass|
|Terry clip test tube holder support||Wire gauze|
|Terry clip on dowel handle||Wooden peg|
|Plastic spoon||Pair of gloves|
How to Use the Kit like a Pro
To get the most out of the kit you will need to use it often. Learn how it packs away and keep the equipment clean and well-stocked. The whole idea with this kit is that the learners do the activities themselves - even if there are a few breakages and spills along the way. Learning by doing is the best way for your class to gain enthusiasm for a subject like Science, which is very practical.
Useful Substitutions for Chemicals
There are a number of kitchen substances that can be used instead of commercially available chemicals. For acids, use vinegar or lemon juice. Bicarbonate of soda and some soaps make a great base alternative. Home-made vegetable dyes are excellent indicators and you can use sugars or salts to create crystals. Potatoes work well for experiments needing starch – the list goes on.
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