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How do you create engaging science labs?

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Elizabeth Childs Elizabeth Childs 10 Points

If you are part of a public school with limited resources (and many students that leave you with limited time), how do you create engaging science labs? Are the online examples/virtual simulations sufficient enough to teach? Or do you have to skip out on valuable labs because the resources are not available?

Stephanie Iven Stephanie Iven 591 Points

The word “labs” can be represented in many ways. Sometimes we use candy, drawing a poster (given a specific scenario), creating flash cards, using the old telephone game but to draw - showing evolution. There are many takes on a lab. As long as you can engage the students in content discussion, you should be successful with most of them. This is not say that I haven’t had a few flops but for the most part, as long as you are all talking, they are learning. 
We have also used PHET labs and Gizmos. They were great if you taught them and ok if they were done as independent learning. 
Hope this helps. I will be glad to share any of the labs we have done. 

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