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Microscience KITS


Most national school curricula are designed to provide science education for all, as well as for future professionals. However, implementing these policies and these curricula is problematic, because:

  • the physical resources are costly

  • there is a shortage of skilled science teachers

These two problems are particularly acute in relation to practical work, which most educators agree is an essential component of science education.

In the past, when science education was provided only for an elite, small proportion of the population, it was possible in many countries to make all the necessary resources available. Now that science education is for all, many countries can no longer provide in the traditional way.

The microscience system is a solution to this problem for the following reasons:

  • the equipment is much lower cost

  • the equipment is easy to use

  • a laboratory is not required

  • it is not easily broken


These advantages originate from two features of the microscience system:


  • it is much smaller than traditional equipment

  • much of the equipment is made from plastics (instead of glass)


An important consequence, especially for chemistry, is that chemicals are used in much smaller quantities, thereby saving consumables costs and greatly reducing safety hazards and environmental impact.

Research has now shown that the system can achieve the traditional aims of practical work at much lower cost. Learners quickly become accustomed to the equipment in the microscale kits. They can work in an ordinary classroom with ordinary desks. Experiments are usually completed more quickly, making it possible to discuss the results within the same class period.

RADMASTE and UNESCO have worked together to support a Global Microscience Programme where more than 80 countries have been introduced to some of the RADMASTE Microscience kits and activities. Pilot projects have been initiated in several countries following the introductory workshops. Selected workbooks and teacher resources are available on the UNESCO website and can be downloaded.

Microscience Kits available to order:

There are kits for chemistry, physics and biology, aimed at primary and secondary school level, as well as first year tertiary level. To access more information about the different kinds of kits available, you can download the RADMASTE brochure here.

To find the most up-to-date prices for all RADMASTE Microscience resources, please visit the website of our UNESCO-Associated Centre for Microscience Experiments (http://www.microsci.org.za).

Take some time to visit our Microscience Project page.







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