Schools across the world, partner with Carolina, who pioneers in supplying Science Lab Kits with a commitment to make study of Biology and Chemistry more exciting. Carolina is a common name in most educational institutes across Dubai in the Middle East.
Thanks to Carolina’s homeschooling kits, virtual science experiments are continuing as usual. While Carolina kits are tried and tested, one needs to take extra precaution to ensure utmost safety to the student and the home environment.
Teachers, parents, and science supervisors can collectively make home science a safe experience for our little Scientists in the making! The idea is not to be scared, but to be cautious.
Here are some practical tips to practice:
Conduct Experiments only under Adult Supervision
If science needs to happen at home, make sure you are around to supervise and guide. Be in the same room where your child is undertaking the experiment and not away in the kitchen or in another room tending to your client meetings.
Follow Step-by-Step Rules
The gradual progression of a Chemistry experiment follows a sequential order and therefore it is wise to abide by rules, especially when at home. If it’s a video conferencing session, allow your kids to use the apparatus and chemical composition, only when the teacher asks them to and not just randomly. Usually schools also share an ‘experiment handbook’ that highlights the stages step-by-step. Parents or guardians can read through the handbook prior to the session and be prepared to follow suit.
Keep All Materials Ready
In a one-hour virtual Home Science Experiment session, there is limited time at hand and students are expected to follow their Lab Teacher’s instructions, to get the best results. Therefore, organizing and keeping all materials ready before class begins, is advisable. Last minute panic and running around to find materials during the lecture, only creates more confusion, and the chances of accidents may increase.
Use Personal Protective Equipment
It goes without saying that Personal Protective gear is a must, even when the experimentation is being conducted at home. Just like you would wear gloves, safety goggles, aprons, and cover your head, before entering the Science Lab at school, the same needs to be followed at home. Also, it is better to wear full sleeved clothes to cover any exposed skin, to avoid getting hurt or burnt.
Get Lab Safety Agreement Signed
Parents need to sign a safety agreement shared by the school. The undertaking will have certain rules and precautionary guidelines to be followed while conducting the experiments with your kids at home. The agreement usually states a clause that if anything goes wrong, the school authorities will not be responsible.
Choose An Ideal Place In Your Home
What’s the ideal spot to safely conduct experiments at home? Choose a space that doesn’t have too much furniture around. Any delicate items like glass frames or showpieces need to be moved away from the place where the experiment is to be conducted. If you are choosing to work in the living room, make sure that part is cordoned off using a blanket, so that other kids & adults moving around do not accidently bump into each other and create chaos. Ensure utmost peace and make arrangements for extra newspaper sheets, cotton cloth, and paper bags.
Students usually get excited when their ‘litmus test experiment’ comes out correct and can’t wait to share this experience with their friends. In all the fun and frolic, they may just the place without clearing-up the mess. Cleaning-up is as important as organizing material orderly at the beginning of the session. Instruct them to dispose liquids carefully in the sink, use a cloth to wipe the table, and throw the used pincers & droppers in the dustbin.
Whether you are learning at school or at home, lab safety is very important. Carolina also promotes safety supplies, being the world’s leading one-stop platform for all science lab essentials. If you reside in UAE or any other GCC country, consult your school administrator to get more details or go through our website to learn more: Carolina Biological