The purpose of the Science Skills Center is to teach integrated science, not scattered bits and pieces of science, in a hands-on fashion in a laboratory setting in one place.
This way of teaching and learning science is different than the conventional method of teaching and learning sciene where you get bits and pieces of scattered information spread over a long period of time much of which you also find difficult to integrate, understand and use in a coherent fashion.
Our system of integrative teaching thus required gathering under one roof almost all of the essential tools and instruments that scientists use to do science. This arrangement was selected because it also provides a bird's eye view of almost all of science in one place enabling students to focus and absorb much of what needs to be learned with the minimum of distraction.
The Science Skills Center is thus equipped with such essential instruments as the light microscope, the phase contrast microscope (Zernick who invented this microscope got the Nobel Prize for it), the dark field microscope and the fluorescent microscope, pH meters, conductivity meters, autoclaves, centrifuges, freeze drying, distillation and flash evaporating units, balances, liquid handling equipment such as pipettes and automatic pipetters, equipment for extracting and grinding samples, incubators, muffle furnaces, electrophoresis and chromatography equipment plus much more. Nothing useful and practical is left out.
The Center is also equipped to teach Microbiological procedures and techniques.It has also developed a safe and a rather inexensive curriculum for teaching Microbiology called the Green Microbiology which uses killed organisms to teach and where live organisms are needed, limits their use to Biosafety Level One organisms.
This Green Micobiology curriculum, the Center believes, will aid in the revial of hands-on microbiology courses, like they once used to be taught in our schools and colleges and threby will be instrumental in producing knowlegeable, health conscious people who will also make excellent lab workers and versatile professisonals and scientists.
The Center thus believes that the knowledge of Microbiology should never be phased out as it benefits our society in practically every area of our life.
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