[ RadSafe ] Kids' science kits may take hit from safety ruling
Brennan, Mike (DOH)
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri Oct 1 10:40:30 CDT 2010
Firstly, I think a lot of very useful experiments can be done with
paperclips, rubber bands, rulers, etc. In fact, I remember doing many
of them on my own, in preference to the homework I was supposed to be
doing. However, a "science kit" that includes such things is trying to
hide the fact that it doesn't actually contain good value.
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Cary Renquist
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 7:29 PM
To: radsafe at agni.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Kids' science kits may take hit from safety ruling
Kids' science kits may take hit from safety ruling - Yahoo! News
Caught up in the debate are the classroom science kits and some of
the items they contain, such
as paper clips to show kids how magnets work.
Science kit makers argue the paper clips, rulers and other items in
the kits aren't harmful to
children, would be too expensive to test, and shouldn't have to be
tested because they are everyday
items found in homes and schools that don't have to be tested if
bought separately at retail.
Now, I understand the commission's issue that if the chemicals in the
kit need to be tested for toxics/etc then the paperclips, rulers, and
the rest of the incidentals should be tested as well. But, when I
compare the risk of having a trace of lead in an "experimental
paperclip" to the risk of the experiments we did in school and at home
when I was growing up it just seems a bit ridiculous -- and there really
wasn't any real risk other than minor (superficial) cuts, burns, etc (if
you were a bit slow).
Some of the best comments that I have seen on this issue:
<the first one is to put this post on topic...>
- You know all of those guys who worked for NASA in the 60s, designing
and building the
rockets that took us to the moon? Well, they had radioactive sources
and Geiger counters
in their science kits.
And kids today are going to have to fight to get paper clips and
- What the heck are paper clips doing in a science kit anyway? Is it
the module on the boring bureaucracy of science?
- The more we regulate science kits and lose children's natural
curiosity in the world
around us by essentially telling them that anyplace other than
indoors watching TV and
doing a bit of exercise on the treadmill is going to kill them, the
more we can watch
the US slip further and further into the dark ages...
cary.renquist at ezag.com
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