Low-cost Science Teaching Equipment

Report of a Commonwealth Regional Seminar/Workshop, Nassau, Bahamas, 16–26 November 1976

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Education materials developed during the past two decades have tended to stress student participation and learning by doing. Consequently they require an adequate supply of equipment for effective implementation. Yet, to date, very little progress seems to have been made in school science teaching. One of the major reasons is the non-availability, inadequacy or non-utilisation of equipment.

This is a report of a seminar – the first of a series of such meetings on the teaching of science – concerned with the means of making the knowledge of science available to as many school pupils as possible through the local production of science teaching equipment, keeping the cost as low as possible.



Summary of Discussions: Design, Development and Production of Low-Cost Science Equipment

The urgency of the need to develop low-cost science equipment for schools in the Caribbean was brought up during the presentation of country reports on the first day of the Seminar. This need was subsequently emphasized during the discussion of the lead paper on the potential for local manufacture of school science equipment and problems of equipping school laboratories. The general consensus of participants was that the development of equipment in each country should become an integral part of the local science curriculum.


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