“Why do we have wear goggles, when all we are doing is boiling water?”
If you teach chemistry or physical science, you’ve heard this one before. If not, then you don’t ask kids to wear safety goggles for this sort of thing. Fact is, safety is paramount in the lab. I hammer on it constantly, and no not allow kids t put themselves at risk. Not ever.
So how do you respond to a question like the one at the top? Well, I’m sure you all have lab accident stories to tell, or use demos to highlight the importance of lab safety.
Sometimes, things happen though, and you get those teachable moments. Yesterday, while boiling water for a water bath, a student noticed something out of the ordinary.