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ICE Devices

compiled and edited by Natasha Aristov 1994; revised 2015

A compilation of instructions for inexpensive and easy-to-build tools for the science classroom

This manual contains instructions for building 10 science teaching tools; all are low cost and made with easy-to-find materials. They are not all appropriate for all grade levels: the balance and magnetic stirrer can be used in any classroom, while the other devices are more appropriate for middle school and older students, primarily because of the advanced concepts they teach, such as mass spectrometry or conductivity. Background information about soldering appears with each of the devices that involve soldering as well as a separate document.

ICE Devices

Disclaimer. This publication is intended for use by teachers or other adults or by students with proper supervision. Users are expected to follow normal safety precautions when performing the activities described in this manual. Neither the authors nor the publisher assume liability for the use of information in this publication.

Copyright © 1994, 2015 by University of Wisconsin Board of Regents; ICE Publication: ICE Devices

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