KIT ORDERING INFORMATION

This page contains links to kit ordering information for states, districts, and schools participating in the OpenSciEd field test. Any questions about this information can be sent to: kits@bscs.org 

TO ORDER KITS FOR FALL 2020 FIELD TEST

 

The following are the new Fall 2020 Field Test Units:

  • Unit 6.5: Tsunami (Natural Hazards)

  • Unit 7.2: Homemade Heater (Chemical Reactions and Energy)

  • Unit 8.4: Space (Earth in Space)

We are also re-field testing these Spring 2020 units: 

  • Unit 6.4: Everest (Plate Tectonics & Rock Cycling)

  • Unit 7.5: Palm Oil (Ecosystem Dynamics)

  • Unit 8.5: Muscles (Genetics)

 

Below are links to the catalog of kits and ordering information for Fall 2020 Field Test:

  • Product Descriptions and Prices for Kits for the following kit combinations:

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ABOUT OPENSCIED FIELD TEST KITS

 

For the Fall 2020 Field Test there are four categories of equipment and supplies:

  • Standard equipment and supplies. This is a list of required items that are commonly found in middle school science labs. Schools or districts must provide these for participating field test teachers. These items cannot be purchased in OpenSciEd kits. 

  • Locally sourced equipment and supplies. This is a list of items that must be obtained locally by teachers, schools, or districts. Items in this category include items that must be purchased within a day or two of use (e.g., lettuce) or are so easy to obtain (e.g., pennies) or so heavy (e.g., distilled water) that it is not cost effective to ship them. These items cannot be purchased in OpenSciEd kits.

  • Basic equipment and supplies. This is a list of items that can be purchased from general retailers, such as Walmart or Amazon. As part of this list, we provide a link to an item on either the Walmart or Amazon website that meets the requirements for use in the unit. An OpenSciEd kit containing these items can be purchased through BSCS. 

  • Specialized equipment and supplies. This is a list of items that can only be purchased through specialty retailers, such as science supply houses. An OpenSciEd kit containing these items can be purchased through BSCS.  

 

For the Fall 2020 Field Test, it is possible to purchase two kinds of kits:

  • Specialized Equipment and Supplies Kits. These include all of the items from the Specialized Equipment and Supplies list for a unit. 

  • Complete Equipment and Supplies Kits. These include the contents of the Specialized Equipment and Supplies Kits and all of the items from the Basic Equipment and Supplies list for a unit. 

 

Note: it is not possible to purchase standard or locally-sourced items from BSCS.

 

Quantities: For both specialized and complete kits, the quantities of reusable items are sufficient for one class of 30-35 students. The quantities of consumable supplies are sufficient for six classes of 30-35 students. In other words, each kit contains enough items for a single teacher to teach six sections.