The Cost of an Incomplete Science Education: Why Hands-On Science Experimentation Is Vital

Written by: Linda Jeschofnig, co-author of Teaching Lab Science Courses Online

It is distressing that many colleges, high schools, and online programs offer physical and biological science courses without tactile laboratory components and thus deny their students the opportunity to perform physical science experiments.   Some of these institutions at least provide virtual computer labs, but as asserted by the American Chemical Society and other national science organizations, computer simulations are not an adequate substitute for the science learning experiences that only hands-on laboratory experimentation provides.
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Hands-On Labs’ Scientists & Mayor Hancock Appointee, Chris Martinez, Celebrate National Lab Day with East High School Chemistry Class

East High School
Denver, CO

Hands-on Labs, Inc. (HOL) celebrated National Lab Day on May 11th at East High School with Amy Hanson’s Advanced Placement Chemistry Class.  The official third anniversary for National Lab Day is May 12, 2012. The National Lab Network started National Lab Day to encourage volunteer scientists, university students, engineers, STEM professionals, and members of the community to collaborate with K-12 educators and bring discovery-based science experiences to local students.
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Hands-on Labs, Inc. Introduces the Improved Earth Science LabPaq

In addition to our new Environmental Science and Forensic LabPaqs introduced earlier this week, Hands-On Labs’ scientists Dr. Emily Barter and Leah Stroud have revised our Earth Science LabPaq to better fit the unique laboratory needs of Earth Science students. This LabPaq allows students a hands-on way to investigate and learn concepts such as Earth’s physical features and properties; including how and why rocks and minerals are formed, as well as reading and interpreting maps to better visualize Earth’s physical features. “We developed these LabPaqs to give the students a hands-on experience with procedures that are easy to follow while also giving them a good understanding of Earth Science” says Leah Stroud. Dr. Barter adds, “Students are introduced to topographic mapping, contour lines, longitudinal profiles, and stream gradients, all concepts which they are exposed to daily through GPS systems, but not often investigated and fully understood.”
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LabPaqs Expand into Forensic Science and Environmental Science

It’s been a busy second quarter at Hands-On Labs, Inc. (HOL).  Our new President, Kevin Melendy, is onboard, and we’re rolling out two LabPaq product lines.  “As the nation looks for ways to put the cost of college within the reach of more Americans, I’m proud to be at HOL as we bring LabPaqs into two science disciplines with optimistic job outlooks,” says Kevin.  “Our LabPaqs dedicated to Environmental Science come at a time when there’s a heightened environmental awareness and growth in environmental science careers.  Our Forensic Science LabPaqs provide a vital, hands-on opportunity for online students to complete their lab requirements without being on campus.”

HOL’s Scientists, Drs. Emily Barter and Eric Punkay, developed the new LabPaqs.  They continue the company’s founding principle of having educators develop experiments for college science courses.  Join them for:

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Forensic Science Webinar
Friday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. MST                                                   

How can Online Students Fulfill Forensic and Criminal Justice Lab Requirements for Physical Evidence and Crime Scene Analysis without Being on Campus?

  Experiments cover core areas, including:

    • Locard’s Exchange Principle
    • Crime Scene Documentation
      • Evidence collection and preservation
    • Trace Evidence
      • Glass, hair, fibers, paint, soil
    • FingerprintingExplosives & Explosive Residues
      • Lifting and dusting
      • Latent detection methods
      • Classification of fingerprints
    • Explosives & Explosive Residues
    • Arson Investigation

Environmental Science Webinar
Monday, May 7, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. MST

Bringing the Effects of Everyday Living Close to Home with Environmental Science Experiments for Online Students.  Experiments cover core areas, including:

    • Climate Change
    • Pollution
    • Conservation Biology
    • Habitat & Soil Degradation
    • Carbon Footprint & Sustainability
    • Acid Rain & Water Quality
    • Greenhouse Effect
    • Energy
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