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O’Brien, Thomas.Brain-powered science : teaching and learning with discrepant events / By Thomas O’Brien.p. cm.Includes index.ISBN 978-1-935155-10-21. Science--Study and teaching (Middle school) 2. Science--Study and teaching (Secondary) 3. Visual educa-tion. I. Title.LB1585.O28 2010507.1’2--dc222009046351e-ISBN 978-1-936137-75-6
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—Saety Issues: In the cartoon drawing on the cover, artist Dan Vasconcellos depicts the energy and excitementpresent in a school science lab. During actual school lab investigations, students should always maintain a sae distance rom theteacher who is doing the demonstration (in this case, a two-balloon balancing act). The teacher and students should wear personalprotection equipment i the demonstration has any potential or bodily harm. Saety Notes throughout this book spell out when ademonstration requires that the teacher and students wear saety goggles or other protective items.
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