Teaching science with one hand tied behind your back

Science Labs Need More Equipment, Teachers Say

SEBRING – Students exploring the cellular world of plants and animals at Hill-Gustat Middle School are sharing a limited number of older microscopes and equipment for their scientific studies.

With about 15 microscopes for 660 students, science teacher Amy Bubb said, “obviously we are a little short.”

District wide, teachers are trying to teach students using hands-on experience, Science Curriculum Specialist Dorothea Strickland said.

“It’s hard to do that if you don’t have even the basics,” she added.

A lot of the science equipment is expensive, making it difficult to find adequate funding, especially these days, she said. Student microscopes cost $300 plus a piece.

Teachers are also requesting simple items that are in short supply, such as thermometers and scientific calculators.

About Brandon Haught

Communications Director for Florida Citizens for Science.
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