Classroom Equipment

The following equipment is available for classroom use either through PALS or our partners.


PALS Science Classroom Equipment:

The following equipment is available from PALS for classroom use. To check on the availability of the equipment, please complete the contact form on our “Contact Us” page or contact Tammy Johnnie at 719-337-1552 or rsvp@sciencehubs.org with the details of your request.

NEW !!! Tracks and Scat Replicas    These sets can be checked out together or individually. 

Nasco S08596 Life/form Introduction to Tracks and Tracking, Volume 1 – value $171  – Includes:  1 Field Guide to Tracks of North American Wildlife, 67 replicas – provided in protectors with information sheets.   This set contains approximately 67 “True to Life” reproductions of the feet of wildlife, covering several species specially chosen to represent different families. The use of this set will make it possible for you and your students to identify these species and, through comparison, much of the other wildlife of this country. The tough, vinyl rubber reproductions are exact in every detail, allowing you to reproduce tracks and track patterns as real as any found in the field. Replicas can be used to make ink prints, or track patterns can be made on a sand-covered table. The set of replicas is accompanied by a plate giving information and track patterns. Contains Field Guide to Tracks of North American Wildlife (S08978M).

Nasco S08596 Life/form Introduction to Tracks and Tracking, Volume 1 – value $171  – Includes:  1 Field Guide to Tracks of North American Wildlife, 67 replicas – provided in protectors with information sheets.   This set contains approximately 67 “True to Life” reproductions of the feet of wildlife, covering several species specially chosen to represent different families. The use of this set will make it possible for you and your students to identify these species and, through comparison, much of the other wildlife of this country. The tough, vinyl rubber reproductions are exact in every detail, allowing you to reproduce tracks and track patterns as real as any found in the field. Replicas can be used to make ink prints, or track patterns can be made on a sand-covered table. The set of replicas is accompanied by a plate giving information and track patterns. Contains Field Guide to Tracks of North American Wildlife (S08978M).

Nasco’s Bucket of Scat – value $65 – Includes: Bucket, 13 replicas – each in own labeled plastic bag, 6 copies of the guide ( identification sheet) – A collection of various Nasco Scat Replicas contained in one bucket! Each replica is a scat of a common North American animal. Includes 13 replicas.

Kill a Watt EZ Electricity Monitor displays the power consumption of appliances from computers to washing machines. Simply plug the Monitor into a wall socket and then plug the appliance in to see how much it costs to use the appliance. The Monitor displays information on kilowatt-hours, voltage, current, and more. You can read more about this device on Wikipedia or see it in use on YouTube. PALS has eight units available for checkout.

Garmin EZ GPS Unit is a handheld, 12 channel GPS unit designed primarily for hiking. The Garmin EZ has the capability of creating, naming and storing 500 waypoints. With the Garmin Trackback feature, the user can reverse the track log and navigate to the starting point. Once moving, the Garmin EZ provides other data, such as speed, direction of movement, and time and distance to a destination. Each unit comes with an operating manual and it is also available online. Demos of the Garmin EZ are available on YouTube. PALS has eighteen units available for checkout. The Garmin EZ operates on two AA batteries that last approximately 22 hours. Users must provide their own batteries for classroom use. Garmin recommends that a battery be left in the unit to preserve calibration. Each unit will contain batteries at checkout and must be returned with batteries in place.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a few kits that you can check out.

Compass Kit Contains compasses, maps, and videos.
Fur Barrel Contains pelts of white-tailed deer, skunk, beaver, raccoon, badger, red fox, coyote, weasel (summer coat), and mountain lion.
Safari in a Box
Contains pelts, tracks, skulls, and an education module.
Skull Kit
Contains skull replicas of bear, badger, raccoon, coyote, bobcat, beaver, owl, and otter.
Track Kit Rubber track stamps of various animals.

Go to this url to find and fill out the form !

http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/TR-ClassroomCS-Kits.aspx

 

They also have DVDs you can check out.

http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/TR-ClassroomCS-Video.aspx

 


 

Check Out these resources from the AFA Chemistry Department:

Kits / Items – Each kit has enough materials (including consumables) for classroom use.

Contact Dr. Ron Furstenau (Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu) or Sandy Lamb (Sandra.Lamb.Ctr@usafa.edu) to check out these materials.

  • Electrical Circuits
  • Bungee Barbie
  • Chemical Reactions:  What is this Powder?
  • Controlling a Chemical Reaction
  • Chemical Reaction Mania
  • Alka Seltzer Rockets
  • Popsicle Stick Bridges
  • Spuds in Space (making a spacesuit for a potato)
  • Kits with element samples
  • Element information flash cards
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (good for AP chem and forensics classes – see below for more information.)
  • Liquid nitrogen Dewar flask filled with liquid nitrogen, including face shield and cryogloves for handling.

In addition to the kits, Dr. Furstenau has presentations and hands-on workshops that he takes to schools, including…  [Please e-mail him directly at Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu.] 

  • Chemistry Magic Show (presentation)
  • Chemistry of Rockets (presentation)
  • Chemistry of Smells (presentation)
  • Mixtures and Solutions (presentation)
  • Fun with Dry Ice (hands-on workshop)
  • Polymers (hands-on workshop)
  • Chemistry of Food (hands-on workshop)

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR) 

Attention AP Chemistry, Forensic Science, and other interested teachers: Expose your students to very modern chemical instrumentation and let them use it. The FTIR is an instrument that is used to obtain an infrared spectrum from the absorption or emission of a solid or liquid.  This instrument can be found in some crime scene labs to analyze the chemical make-up of unknown solids and liquids.  It can also be used to analysis the chemical make-up of unknown fibers.  Very easy to use.  See Ron’s letter (FTIR) for more information.

Interested Teachers – Please email: Ronald.Furstenau@usafa.edu and provide the following information:

  • Teacher’s Name
  • Name of school
  • Full Address of school
  • Teacher’s email
  • Teacher’s cell phone
  • Name and grade level of class(es) where the FTIR would be used and number of sections
  • Number of students
  • Time frame (Starting Date and for how long)

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