Lab safety is very important for students to grasp early and always. Providing a safe environment for students is a fundamental right of all students. Teaching to be students to be responsible is no small task, but with consistency and modelling it can be achieved quickly. This can save students from personal injury or property damage. When it comes to personal property, we suggest that it is not need to complete a laboratory investigation it should not be present at all. This is why we encourage all school to have a separate location for their laboratory activities to take place. While many students, at first, question why they need to learn about laboratories and skill used inside of them; after a good experience in the lab, they find it done right fun. The techniques used in labs really help students understand the concept of the Scientific Method. Everything must be done methodically and the procedures or steps you take must be well thought out and implemented. Lab safety is a big theme here as it should be at all times with youth.
We begin by learning all the names of the lab equipment and what each piece is used for. We review the basic units of measurement that you will come across frequently in your experiments. We then look into how to take measures with each of the different pieces of lab equipment this includes using a thermometer, triple beam balance, pan balance, and graduated cylinders. We then explore all the areas of lab safety that students should aware of and have well established procedures for. You will find worksheets that ask you to identify the proper equipment used to measure the value or size of various substances. What lab safety series would be complete without a worksheet on using and measuring with a Triple Beam Balance?