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Lab-Aids® Applied Science Concept kits and modules, our CASE material packages, and SEPUP products address key agriscience, career and STEM content through relevant real-world issues. This approach both motivates students and enhances understanding, while preparing them for critical thinking in college, career, and life. With Lab-Aids students have the opportunity to experience Agriscience and CTE by using:
- inquiry strategies to collect and process scientific evidence.
- evidence to make informed decisions and evaluate trade-offs.
- real-world issues that encourage development of analytical trade-offs and critical thinking.
- innovative methods for integrating science, mathematics, literacy, and technology.
- STEM problem-solving skills.
- materials that illustrate agriscience’s important role in a sustainable future.
View a sampling of our kits:
Since the number one career choice is “to be a veterinarian,” your students will be engaged with this kit as they analyze simulated dog urine and use the results to help diagnose the health of several dogs.
Students learn and practice the procedures used in urinalysis and observe how various reagents react with substances in the urine. Students test simulated urine samples for pH, density, glucose, phosphates and chlorides.
This activity includes three major parts:
- Investigation One - is a demonstration of the fermentation of corn and cane sugar, the two food sources used most commonly to produce ethanol, and the distillation of the fermented stillage to produce fuel
- Investigation Two - students investigate the energy released by the combustion of ethanol and kerosene and compares the results
- Investigation Three - students measure and compare two by-products - CO2 and particulate matter - of the two fuels. Students compare results and discuss the trade-offs of bio-fuels and fossil fuels as sources of energy
Organically Grown? (Testing for Simulated Pesticide Residue)
In this investigation, students will use a chemical test in order to determine whether fruit samples have been treated for any simulated pesticides. Based on their test results they grapple with the further question of which sample(s) could potentially be marketed as organic.
Investigating Alternative Energy: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Developed by SEPUP)
This six activity module focuses on hydrogen fuel cell technology as one potential solution to energy concerns. Students first consider some trade-offs of using various fuels, including hydrogen, for powering vehicles then use an electrolyzer to produce hydrogen and oxygen gas from water. Students then uses these gases to generate electricity with a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and observe the consumption of gases by the fuel cell and the motion of an electric propeller attached to it.
Understanding and Using Energy and Technology
This unit contains three activities designed to increase student understanding of energy and how we use it, energy of motion, and energy and technology. A companion unit, Using Energy Effectively in Lighting and Life (Kit # P300B), helps students to investigate energy efficiency in home lighting, patterns of energy use in the home, and renewable sources of energy.
CASE Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
CASE Agricultural Science | Animal (ASA)
CASE Agricultural Science | Plant (ASP)
CASE Agriculutural Power and Technology (APT)
CASE Environmental Science Issues (ESI)
CASE Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA)
Food Product Systems Bundle
Genetics Bundle 1
Genetics Bundle 2
Power Systems Bundle 1
Power Systems Bundle 2
Natural Resources Bundle 1
Natural Resources Bundle 2
Plant Science Bundle 1
Plant Science Bundle 2
Plant Science Bundle 3
Sample of one unit covering CTE curricula
How can engineering be used to improve the lives of those living with medical conditions? How does the structure of an arm or wing affect its function? Investigative phenomena within the lessons connect back to the issue and storyline.
Anchoring phenomenon: Engineered solutions can improve the health and functioning of people.
Examples explored include artificial bones, artificial hands, and artificial heart valves. Students generate and answer questions such as: How can science, technology, and engineering be used to improve people’s health and wellness? How are medical devices designed, tested, and improved?
Modules | A month of perfectly planned programming
A targeted, cost-effective way to have students engage in science and engineering practices and encourage student-led discussion around a specific real-life issue.
Issues are carefully selected to provide student motivation and context for the science content. Each issue must be engaging to diverse students, be sustainable over time, and require an understanding of important concepts and processes in order to make evidence based decisions.
What you get:
A teacher's guide with student sheets and visual aids, assessment support, and all the equipment needed to run the activities come in 1-3 organized boxes. Shop Store for Modules
Modules are perfect for educators looking to cover multiple concepts in relevant context while engaging students in actual science and engineering practices are sure to find modules that fit their needs.
- 50+ students can be taught with most modules
- Assessment is built into each module
- 6-20 activities built into each module
MODULE | MIDDLE SCHOOL
Groundwater Contamination: Trouble in Fruitvale
Module # FV-2
Students design and carry out a plan for testing water from different parts of the city to determine the contamination’s source, severity, extent, and rate of travel. The data is then used to analyze the risk to Fruitvale’s water supply.
MODULE | HIGH SCHOOL
Investigating Food Safety
Students first explore food-borne illness as they investigate the growth of yeast. They examine the different chemical additives and their use in preventing microbial growth.
MODULE | MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL
Reflection and Refraction
Students explore images formed by plane and curved mirrors and discover the rule for reflection of light. They also use lenses to study light refraction, measure focal length, make a simple camera, and observe how focused light energy is converted to heat energy.
STEM, APPLIED SCIENCE, MODULES & AGRICULTURAL KIT CATALOGS
We've never been "just kits." Hands-on learning is more than playing with science equipment. When students are fully-engaged in a task, they are actively doing, actively thinking and actively discussing. While hands are engaged, minds are questioning, sorting through input, and making connections.
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