CDE Releases Updated Science Safety Handbook
by Dean Gilbert
The California Department of Education has released the 2012 edition of the Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools. Thanks to the efforts of representatives from various state agencies, educational and research institutions, the Science Safety Handbook, available in PDF format, has been thoroughly edited to provide updated information on:
- state and federal legislation affecting science instruction,
- first aid issues in the classroom,
- general laboratory safety precautions,
- safety in the biology, chemistry and physics laboratories,
- legal citations, safety agreements, laboratory safety checklists and tests, field trip permission forms, plus many other ancillary support documents.
An added feature in this 2012 edition is a chapter devoted entirely to Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom.
CSTA encourages every science teacher to download the Science Safety Handbook and review its contents thoroughly. It can be accessed at:
As science teachers, our legal responsibility with Duty of Care includes:
- Supervising students in the classroom
- Providing adequate instructions
- Maintaining lab equipment in proper working order
- Providing safe facilities and equipment for labs
- Warning students of any possible dangers
Considering these responsibilities, it is extremely important that we are knowledgeable about the contents of the Science Safety Handbook to provide a safe classroom environment for both students and ourselves.
Dean Gilbert is science and math consultant with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and is CSTA’s region 3 director.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
Members of the California Science Teachers Association are now in the process of voting for qualified CSTA members to fill the seven openings on the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…