Used in first year physics, the Astro Blaster (aka seismic
accelerator) dramatically demonstrates the Law of Conservation
of Momentum. Students drop it on a hard surface, then stand back
as the top ball bounces to heights up to 5 times the original drop.
This item is not currently available to students, but it would
provide a dramatic class demonstration on the conservation of
Program area: University Studies
Boreal Digital Sphygmomanometer
A sphygmomanometer is an instrument for measuring blood
pressure. Currently, students use manual sphygmomanometers,
which are accurate but also time consuming and difficult for
students to learn how to use. Digital meters provide quick results,
allowing for more time to discuss the meaning of the results.
Compound Binocular Microscope
Microscopes are an essential teaching tool for all biology courses
and are in continuous use by students. Many microscopes in the
lab are reaching the end of their useful life and are ready for
replacement. This compound binocular microscope has LED
illumination and includes an eyepiece micrometer and eyepiece
pointer, comparable to the equipment students will be expected
to use at the university level.
Explorer GLX Data Collection Interface
Used in the physics, chemistry and biology courses, the GLX data
collection interfaces capture, analyze and graph data for lab
experiments. Port Alberni only has three devices, and three
more are needed to match the number of computers available,
speeding the time students complete experiments and more time
for data analysis.
Used in physics courses to demonstrate the principles of
geometric optics, these giant convex and concave mirrors are
useful for demonstrating the reflection and focusing of light, heat
and even sound. Mirrors make demonstrations easy for students
to see and understand, even from the back of the classroom.
A microincinerator is used in microbiology to sterilize the metal
loops that transfer bacteria from one medium to another.
Students currently use Bunsen burners to accomplish sterilization.
Microincinerators are the industry standard in hospitals and labs,
because unlike open flames, there is no risk for explosive fires in
biosafety cabinets, or of producing bacterial aerosols. Switching
to microincinerators from Bunsen burners will improve safety for
our students, and provide them with training and experience on
up to date equipment.
First and second year biology students conduct DNA isolation,
amplification and gel electrophoresis techniques as part of their
lab courses. It is expected as they move into higher levels at larger
institutions, that they have had experience handling variable
micropipets, an integral piece of equipment used in molecular
biology labs. Sizes required include: 2-20ul, 20-200 ul, 100-1000ul,
Microscope Camera and Adaptor
A microscope camera allows instructors to set up a demonstration
slide and either capture high quality images or project digital
images onto a screen for group learning. The universal adapter
makes the camera adaptable to all of the current microscopes
in the lab. The camera set-up would greatly enhance in-class
demonstrations and learning.
First and second year biology students are currently using a
procedure to detect DNA bands in gels that is not typical of the
field and has low sensitivity. By changing procedures and using
a UV transilluminator, students will experience a non-toxic and
more realistic protocol for molecular biology techniques, and will
receive results instantly, allowing for more discussion during class