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Science Labs Don't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

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A recent article in District Administration magazine discusses the aging science labs in schools across the United States and the cost of upgrading them all. The article points out that science standards have been raised recently while lab facilities have been left to deteriorate. It says that the costs of fixing the existing labs run between $150 and $200 per square foot, meaning that an adequate lab space for 24 students will cost around $250,000 to upgrade.

In these days of plunging school budgets, this allocation of funds is simply not possible. However, there's another answer. Scale back the full upgrade of the lab spaces so that only inexpensive, safe, and efficient hands-on labs remain.

From Educational Technology and Change
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