The Area Resource Center


  In this Directory, we list the scientific equipment and materials that are available for loan to the member schools served by the Area Resource Center. This equipment has been purchased during the last four years with funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant and was supplemented by Colby's Eisenhower grants through the Maine Department of Education. The list is up-to-date as of April, 1997. We urge members to take advantage of this valuable resource by borrowing equipment for your classroom.

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Science Equipment by Area of Science:

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Animals and Research

Friends and Partners (Booklet) (No.=1)

Partners in Research (Videotape) (No.=1)

Paws (Videotape and Curriculum Guide) (No.=1)

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Copernican system model (No.=1)

Lighted planetarium, motor-operated (No.=1)

Lighted planetarium, hand-operated (No.=1)

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Biology: Biological Diversity

Animals of Africa Filmstrip Set (No.=1)

Audible Audubon Player and Discs (No.=1)

Bird Song Cassette (No.=1)

Butterflies of North America displays (No.=2)

Insect diversity displays (No.=2)

Set Golden Field Guides: (No.=1)
--Golden Field Guide Series consists of one copy of each of the following:
Butterflies and Moths
Pond Life
Reptiles and Amphibians
Rocks and Minerals
Spiders and Their Kin
Trees of North America

Wildflowers, NortheasternSets Petersen Field Guides: (No.=2)
--Petersen Field Guide Series consists of two copies of each of the following:
Animal Tracks
Birds, Eastern
Fishes of the Atlantic Coast
Forests, Eastern
Rocks and Minerals
Seashore, Atlantic
Shells of the Atlantic
Stars and Planets
Trees and Shrubs
Trees, Eastern
Western Butterflies

Set, Microscope slides of plants and study guide: (No.=1)
--Plant slide set consists of one each of the following slides (best used as demonstrations with a video microscope setup):
Ranunculus (Buttercup) root
Root hairs (whole mount)
Corn root tip (longitudinal section)
Corn stem (cross section)
Tilia (Basswood) three-year stem
Onion bulb epidermis (whole mount)
Corn leaf (cross section)
Privet leaf (cross section)
Monocot flower bud (cross section)
Mixed pollen grains
Capsella mature embryo
Corn grain (longitudinal section)

Set, Microscope slides of animals and teacher's guide6 (No.=1)
--Animal slide set consists of one each of the following slides (best used as demonstrations with a video microscope setup):
House fly leg
House fly wing
Insect cornea
Fish scale
Human head louse
Butterfly wing
Insect antennae types

Insect appreciation digests (No.=2)

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Biology: Biotechnology

Working with DNA & Bacteria in Precollege Science Classrooms. (No.=1)

BIO-REEP Electrophoresis Kit (for high school students) (No.=1)

Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus, complete (without reagents - intended for high school students) (No.=2)

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Biology: Education

Biology for Every Kid, Book about how to present Biology. (No.=1)

State of the Lake Handbook, Manual on Maine's Lake Ecosystems for Teachers of Grades 10-12. (No.=1)

From Egg to Adult: What worms, flies, and other creatures can teach us about the switches that control human development. Intended for high school students. (No.=3)

Working with DNA & Bacteria in Precollege Science Classrooms. Booklet published by the National Assoc. of Biology Teachers. (No.=1)

The Insect Appreciation Digest: Everything You Ought to Know About Insects. Book contains sections on entomology & entomologists, insect collecting, insect biology, interaction with humans, insect groups, etc. (No.=1)

Blood: Bearer of Life and Death. New Ways to Fight Diseases Caused by Faults in the Bloodstream. Book from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Intended for high school students. (No.=1)

Video: Louis Pasteur: A Contemporary View. (No.=1)

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Biology: General Biology

Cell Model, Animal (No.=1)

Cell Model, Plant (No.=1)

Dicot flower models (No.=3)

Earthworm Model (No.=1)

Fish Anatomy (perch) model (No.=1)

Honey bee life cycle demonstrations (No.=2)

Insect metamorphosis demonstrations (No.=2)

Life sciences classroom display charts and tripods (No.=2)

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Biology: Genetics

Color vision testing kit (Ichikawa) and scoring charts (No.=1)

DNA simulation biokit (No.=1)

RNA biokit (No.=1)

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Biology: Human Biology

Human Body classroom display charts and mounting tripods (No.=2)

Human Adult Torso Model (No.=1)

Human ear models (No.=2)

Human eye models (No.=2)

Human Heart models (No.=2)

Human Skeletons (Plastic) (No.=2)

Human Youth Torso Models (No.=2)

Lung inflation model (No.=1)

Optical illusions poster set (No.=1)

Sphygmomanometers (blood pressure cuffs) (No.=26)

Stethoscopes (No.=27)

Teaching Stethoscopes (allows 2 people to listen simultaneously) (No.=2)

Tooth anatomy model (No.=1)

Lower molar tooth (No.=1)

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Careers in Science

To Do Science is to Know Science: My Life as a Scientist.. Videocassette from the National Institutes of Health about internship opportunities at NIH and other labs. (No.=2)

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The World of Chemistry: (No.=1)
--The World of Chemistry consists of thirteen videocassettes containing the following half-hour programs that were aired on Public Broadcasting. Some programs are intended for high school students, but teachers in middle and elementary grades have previewed some segments and have recommended them highly for these grades too. The following topics are included in the series:
Measurement: The Foundation of Chemistry
The Mole
Modeling the Unseen
A Matter of State
The Atom
The Periodic Table
Chemical Bonds
Molecular Architecture
Signals from Within
The Driving Forces
Molecules in Action
The Busy Electron
The Proton in Chemistry
The Precious Envelope
The Chemistry of Earth
On the Surface
The Age of Polymers
Proteins: Structure and Function
The Genetic Code
Chemistry and the Environment

Molecular Modeling Kit (for class of 30 students) (No.=1)

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Earth Science and Geology

Inflatable Globes (No.=5)

Rock collecting hammers (No.=3)

Rock Tumblers and replacement kits (No.=2)

Rocks and minerals of U.S. demonstrations (No.=2)

Stream Table (No.=1)

Earth Science Chart Set with tripod (No.=1)

Water Cycle model (No.=1)

CD-ROM: GeoMedia: An Interactive Digital Journey Through: Earthquakes, The Water Cycle, The Carbon Cycle, Time and Change, The Greenhouse Effect, Understanding Maps. Produced by the U.S. Geological Survey

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Elementary Science Education

How to Unravel Science Mysteries for Young Minds Without Unraveling: A Summary of Lessons Learned. (No.=3)

Helping Your Child Learn Science. Book of activities from the U.S. Department of Education, designed for parents to teach younger children about science (may be copied freely). (No.=1)

Set of five activity books published by the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science: In Touch With: (No.=1)






Under the Microscope. 7-part video series from PBS that teaches elementary school teachers new and creative strategies for teaching science. Each tape is 15-20 minutes. (No.=1)

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Field Equipment

50 m tape measure (No.=1)

100m tape measures (No.=2)

Compasses (Map) (No.=3)

Compasses (Pocket) (No.=13)

Dip nets (No.=6)

Fish/Butterfly Nets (No.=6)

Nets for aquatic insects and extra bags (No.=2)

Illuminated field magnifiers (No.=3)

Maximum-minimum thermometers (No.=2)

Plankton Collecting kits (No.=2)

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General Laboratory Equipment

Aquarium Air Pumps (No.=2)

Balances, Electronic, accurate to 0.1g (No.=2)

Balances, Pan and Bucket (No.=4)

Balances, Pan, for early primary grades (No.=12)

Balances, Pan, better quality for demonstrations (No.=4)

Digital Stopwatches (No.=6)

Geographic positioning system (accurately determines latitude and longitude via navigational satellites) (No.=1)

Hot plate/stirrers and accessories kits (No.=2)

Incubator for biological cultures (No.=1)

Laboratory thermometers (No.=24)

Magnetizer (remagnetizes old magnets) (No.=1)

Magnifying glasses (No.=20)

Magnifier boxes, pkg. 12 (No.=2)

Microscopes (Compound Light) (No.=2)

Microscopes (Dissecting) with illuminators (No.=4)

Microscopes (Dissecting - intended for elementary students) (No.=3)

pH Meters, pocket sized (No.=2)

Spectronic-20 Spectrophotometer with digital display and computer connection (No.=1)

Videocameras for microscopes and wide angle lenses (No.=2)

Window Incubator, fan and turner for incubating eggs (No.=1)

Under the Microscope series (No.=1)

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Nuclear Energy

Video: Nuclear Energy. Produced by Northeast Utilities Systems and the National Science Education Leadership Assoc. (No.=1)

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Physical Sciences: Electricity

Electric Circuits Kit (for 30 students) and teacher廣 guide (No.=1)

Genecon Hand-crank generators (No.=13)

Multimeter (for measuring voltage, current, & resistance) (No.=2)

Solar Energy Kits and Teachers Guides (No.=2)

Van De Graaff Electrostatic Generator and Accessories (No.=1)

Electric circuits unit, teacher廣 guide and student activity book (No.=1)

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Physical Sciences: General

Physical sciences classroom display charts and mounting tripod (No.=2)

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Physical Sciences: Heat

Ball and ring apparatus (demonstrates contraction and expansion of metals with changes in temperature) (No.=2)

Heat conductometer (No.=2)

Thermostat models (No.=2)

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Physical Sciences: Light

Water prisms (No.=3)

Prisms, triangular (No.=15)

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Physical Sciences: Magnetism

Bar magnets (No.=12)

Floating magnets (No.=11)

Horseshoe magnets (large) (No.=6)

Horseshoe magnets (small) (No.=6)

Magnets and Motors Kit (for 30 students), and Teacher廣 Guide (No.=1)

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Physical Sciences: Simple Machines

Pulley sets (1, 2, 3, and 4 wheels) (No.=8)

Simple machine kit (No.=1)

Technic 1廣 with teacher廣 guides (No.=4)

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Physical Sciences: Sound

Sound intensity meter (No.=1)

Tuning fork sets (No.=2)

Tuning fork, adjustable (No.=1)

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Science Activities and Lessons

Science Helper K-8 CD-ROM (kept at Colby computer lab) (No.=1)

I Dig Fossils (No.=1)

Video Navigator. Introduces Maine's Statewide Systemic Initiative in Math and Science and highlights "hands-on" activities in science and math at the Beacon Schools. (No.=1)

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Hurricanes and thunderstorms (videocassette) (No.=1)

Cloud Charts (No.=8)

Portable Weather Station, batteries, mounts (No.=1)

Rain Gauges (No.=2)

Set of weather mapping activities (Weather cycles) (No.=1)

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Weather model (No.=1)

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