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.
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