The following lessons are organized by grade level and are designed to give students a fun, hands-on introduction to the science related to biofuels.

Laboratory Safety Guidelines

The guidelines below ARE NOT meant to be comprehensive; but provide a good framework on which you can build your individual laboratory safety plan. Homeschool environments, etc. may require substantial modification to these guidelines.

  1. Use caution and be responsible at all times. There should never be any horseplay, practical jokes, or pranks when conducting experiments.
  2. Follow all instructions carefully, and ask your instructor if you do not understand something.
  3. Do not touch any equipment until instructed to do so.
  4. Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or taste anything in the science classroom.
  5. Wash your hands with soap and water before entering and leaving class.
  6. Wear safety goggles, as instructed.
  7. Keep all work areas neat and clean. Remove all unnecessary materials.
  8. Clean work areas and equipment when you're finished with each experiment. Dispose of all waste properly.
  9. Tell your instructor about any accident immediately.
  10. Most chemicals used in the science room are dangerous. Do not touch or smell any chemicals unless instructed to do so by your teacher. Students are not allowed to enter storage closets at any time.
  11. Do not remove any supplies from the science classroom without your teacher’s permission.
  12. Use care when handling glassware. Never pick up broken or hot glassware with your bare hands.
  13. Use extreme caution when using matches, burners, or hot plates. Only light burners when told to do so by your teacher, and do not put anything into a flame unless specifically instructed to do so. Do not leave burners lit or unattended.
  14. Dress properly: Long hair must be tied back, and no dangling sleeves or jewelry should be worn. Wear closed-toe and heeled shoes. Wear lab aprons, as instructed.
  15. Memorize the location of all safety equipment and emergency exits.


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