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Advice for teachers
How do I prepare for a visiting scientist?
Be as specific as possible about what you need.
- Consider the size of your group
- A lab experience is not practical for more than 15 students.
- Involve parent volunteers in your activities.
- Volunteers are needed for hands-on experiments.
How do I prepare my students?
- Integrate chemistry lessons with other curriculum areas such as history, geography, health, and language.
- Don't worry about not having all the answers.
- Help students find out the answers for all of you.
- One idea: develop a bibliography of useful and readily available information sources.
- Emphasize the positive impact of chemical research and industry on your students' lives.
- All matter in the biosphere is chemical, including the students' bodies, food, etc.
- We are all directly affected by chemical processes.
- We need to understand and respect natural phenomena.
How do I create a safe environment?
- Ensure that you understand the safety precautions required for chemicals used in the experiments.
- Model the correct safety procedures.
- Wear proper safety equipment, including goggles and lab coats.