Institute of Human Origins - March 2024


General Science and Teaching

Science Safety

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Madi Koroleski Madi Koroleski 440 Points

The safety and wellbeing of any adult or child within the classroom is extremely important. However, there comes times when something super serious could happen that could result in fatal injuries. How do we prepare and apply these safety protocols without scaring them away from science?

Nadia Villarreal Nadia Villarreal 490 Points

Hi, I believe that the best way to prepare is by slowly introducing this safety information from the beginning. This will allow them to begin getting comfortable with the safety protocols, and they will understand that they are necessary to keep them safe while experimenting in the science lab. 

Maddy Moser Maddy Moser 735 Points

It is important to educate students about the safety protocols in the science classroom. At the beginning of the year, it is important to establish and discuss the safety protocols for your science classroom with the students. A way to teach and discuss the safety protocols is by allowing students to engage in an activity. One activity could be charades; in groups, students would prepare a skit and preform it on a safety expectation. Throughout the classroom, have posters displayed on the walls with safety protocols to use as a visual reminder. 

Karen Techaira Karen Techaira 80 Points

I think balancing safety protocols while maintaining a positive and engaging learning environment in science can be achieved. First and foremost is through clear communication: explain clearly the purpose of safety protocols and emphasize that they are in place to ensure everyone's safety when working on hands-on projects. Second is through modeling or demonstrating to students how safety measures work in practice can lessen the fears they may have. Next is by introducing safety protocols gradually, starting with basic rules and gradually incorporating more advanced measures as students become comfortable. Providing opportunities for students to practice safety measures will allow them to develop confidence in applying them. Lastly, safety posters or visual aids should be visible and tangible for students as a reminder of safety protocols. 

By implementing these strategies, students can engage with science confidently and responsibly.

Karen Gonzalez Karen Gonzalez 445 Points

Hello, I found this very informational it is very important for students to learn science safety and those are good ideas to incoorporate safety measures while working on hands on projects.

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