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The Green Apple BlogThe Green Apple is your Science Connexion news resource. Learn about new equipment just received, sustainable living and energy efficiency ideas for schools.
Tuesday, July 26 2011

DePaul University (IL) has applied for LEED Silver certification for its new $7.8 million art museum. The 15,200-square-foot building was designed to incorporate a variety of energy-efficient features including a green roof, reflective roof coatings, proximity to public transportation, water-efficient landscaping, stormwater system design and energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation. The museum will open to the public in September...

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Tuesday, July 12 2011

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has selected 10 projects to receive a total of $59,201 from its Green Fund this summer. The fund is a student-led initiative that assesses students a $10 green fee each semester toward projects that promote energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and campus sustainability. The projects selected include installing recycling bins and rechargeable door openers, enhancing sustainability research and outreach efforts, and encouraging the use of locally grown foods.

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For more on Green Funding:
Green Revolving Funds: An Annuity for Sustainability

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Friday, July 08 2011

UPDATE NOTICE: Since the publication of this list last Friday (7/8), nearly all supplies listed below have been requested and shipped to various Chicago area schools. Please check back as we'll be publishing another list sometime in August.

Through the conscientious efforts of our local, donor school partners, we have another new batch of school science equipment available. Please review the below list for details. This updated listing includes the equipment recently received from Euclid School / School District 26. Later, sometime in August we'll update this list again to reflect another large supply of equipment we just received from another school in District 26.

District 26 is migrating to a new FOSS curriculum. These supplies are made possible through their desire to repurpose this equipment and enable more budget-challenged schools to establish or maintain their science lab curriculums.

Please note that Connexion is in the process of moving to a larger facility in Buffalo Grove. We expect to have the move completed by August 1st. In the meantime, there may be a delay in fulfilling requests for supplies and excepting new donations.

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Please use the Request Equipment form on this site if you are interested in any of this equipment:

Items
Amount Per Unit
Description
Microscope Kit #1
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
4
This kit contains four electronic light microscopes, two with three objectives and two with two objectives
Microscope Kit #2
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
3
This kit contains three microscopes, all with three objectives
Microscope Kit #3
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
3
This kit contains three microscopes, all with three objectives
Oil Burner Kit
12
This kit contains 12 oil burners (like retro oil lamps) with mesh stands to place overhead…great if you do not always have access to a gas supply. 
Graduated Cylinder Kit #1
 
10
10 x 250ml plastic graduated cylinders
Graduated Cylinder Kit #2
 
10
10 x 100ml plastic graduated cylinders
Graduated Cylinder Kit #3
10
Assortment set, 5x100ml plastic graduated cylinders and 5 x 250ml plastic graduated cylinders
Graduated Cylinder Kit #4
 
10
10 x 250ml plastic graduated cylinders
Measuring Scoops Kit
~100
An Assortment of both graduated and random plastic scoops
Human Model Kit
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
 
3
One Small (~1ft) Human Body Model with extractable body systems, one large (1ft) Heart model that can open up, and one set of paper-thin colored laminated body parts (Magnetic Way Body Kit). Place these at different lab stations and have identify different human body parts.
Balance Kit #1
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
6
5 Two-pan balances and 1 Harvard triple beam balance
Balance Kit #2
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
4
2 Triple beam balances and 2 Harvard Triple beam balances
Balance Kit #3
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
3
2 Triple beam balances and 1 Harvard Triple beam balances
Atomic Mobile Kit
4
These four kits contain small wooden balls and can be made into atomic model mobiles for the classroom
Dropper Kit
 
100
An assortment of dropper bulbs
Dropper Bottle Kit
 
10
10 x 100ml plastic dropper bottles
Evaporation Dish Kit
20
Mostly large ceramic evaporating dishes with a few glass as well. 
Geometric Shapes Kit
20
These large wooden/plastic shapes can be used to calculate surface areas/volumes/or just as mathematical models
Magnifying Glass Kit #1
35
An assortment of small handheld magnifying glasses. Look at specimens or perform forensic identification
Magnifying Glass Kit #2
25
A set of 25 glasses. Look at specimens or perform forensic identification
Beaker Kit #1
 
20
A set of glass and plastic beakers (600-150ml)
Beaker Kit #2
 
20
A set of glass and plastic beakers (600-150ml)
Lab Apron Kit
 
15
Cloth Lab Aprons, great for outfitting students
Lab Trays Kit
6
Plastic Lab Trays, great for setting out lab supplies, storing supplies, or performing demonstrations
Filter Paper Kit
14
4 Large and 10 Small sets. Why place an order this year when this kit is free.
Atomic Model Kits
15
15 small wooden ball and spring kits (smaller than the typical ball and stick kit, but still great for visualizing atoms/molecules/etc..)
Lung Volume Kit
14
Fourteen Lung Volume Bags and 50 disposable mouthpieces, and Voldyne 5000 Volumetric Exerciser-5000ml Capacity.
Students can measure different lung volumes in this ready to use kit
Magnifying Cubes
>100
Every student can use one of these small cubes to magnify small specimens inside. Or have each student place something inside and attach them together to create a classroom collage
Test Tube Kit
100
10 plastic test tube racks, ~36 x 25ml test tubes, ~48 x 15ml test tubes
Animal Sample Kit
2
Two collections of preserved specimens (about 8 each) preserved in plastic
Thermometer Kit
40
Assortment of small alcohol thermometers (with typical 2® increments)
Liter Cube Set
1
Allows students to visualize volume relationships or perform density investigations if paired with some rulers and a balance
Funnel Set
50
An assortment of large, medium, and small plastic funnels
Dissection Kit
50
An Assortment of scalpels, scissors, probes, tweezers, and dissection pins
Skeleton Set
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
 
206!!
Almost an entire disarticulated skeleton (plastic) with a few extras included (3 femurs, etc..)
Biology of Living Systems Textbooks
 
4 sets of 10
Use these extra biology textbooks as a classroom reference set or open up different pages at different stations and have students rotate around the room and look at charts, data, and short reading passages. Textbook is intended for 9-10th grade, but short sections could work for younger ages as well.
 
Glencoe Health Textbooks
 
2 sets of 9
Use these extra health textbooks as a classroom reference set or open up different pages at different stations and have students rotate around the room and look at charts, data, and short reading passages. Textbook is intended for 9-10th grade, but short sections could work for younger ages as well.
 
Evaporating Dishes
 
1 set of 6
These would cost almost $10 a piece new and are still fully functional!!!
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
Air Tables for Physics
 
Only 1 Left
Start by having your students play a little air hockey and then move into momentum!!! Great for demos and activities in any physics or middle school science classroom if you have the space. 2' x 4'
 
16ml Nalgene centrifuge tubes (round bottom)
 
6 sets of 10
These would be a great substitute for test tubes, just make sure no organic materials (hexanes, oils, etc..).
 
50ml Nalgene centrifuge tubes (round bottom)
 
4 sets of 10
These would be a great substitute for test tubes, just make sure no organic materials (hexanes, oils, etc..).
 
5ml Polypropylene test tubes
 
6 sets of 125
Need another set of test tubes. With 125 per set every student can now become engaged in a an activity or demo, and because they are plastic there is less concern over breakage
 
BIG TICKET ITEM!!
Almost new Autoclave
 
1
Great for sterilizing petri dishes or other material!!!
 

Did you know...Did you know that improved classroom lighting not only saves energy, but can also improve student's test scores? Learn more >

 

 

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Tuesday, July 05 2011

print sprint bracket - blog.jpgIn an effort to reduce the amount of copies and printouts, the University of Chicago (IL) recently held the inaugural Print Sprint Tournament in its Young Building. Streamlined printing processes and reduced excess printing were identified by Facilities Services' SAGE Ambassadors as priority goals for greening the building. The single-elimination style tournament lasted three days and only the winners of each day's match-up advanced to the next round. The daily winners were those who produced fewer printouts and copies than their opponent, and the overall tournament winners were treated to a catered lunch.

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