Our class was asked to create a fictional science story to better understand the consequences of safe conduct and unsafe conduct in an emergency or in daily life during an experiment. For the first story, we were asked to create a positive version of a story; “5 pieces of science equipment demonstrating their functions, One situation demonstrating safe conduct in an emergency; another situation”. For the second story, we were asked to create a negative aspect of these situations,”2 WHMIS symbols; 2 consumer hazard symbols and their definitions, An ethical dilemma that one might find in science.”. Like mentioned before, these situations will be fictional and not real, they never happened in this science class and are only helping us students learn the safety’s of science.
Story #1 – 5 pcs science equipment, situation including safe conduct
It was a Sunday night, Luke was getting ready for bed right when he remembered that he had a test the next day in his science class to do before an experiment. He knew all day at the back of his head that he had something to do, something productive that would be important yet all he did was nothing the whole day. He glanced at his test prep notes and found that even though he didn’t study, he found that he knew almost all of the science equipment needed for the experiment that would be on the test. As he went through all of his notes, reading them out loud, re-writing them and even saying them out loud he noticed the missing information he needed to memorize. Taking a closer look, he read the following: “test tubes, test tube rack, thermometer, corks as well as a dropper.”.
The following morning right before his science class, he went over his notes one last time until he felt confident enough to continue into the class. Upon entering, he found the test on his desk, he sat then started on the prepping test. As he wrote his answers one by one, he caught himself stuck on a piece of equipment he didn’t realize was going to be on the test, “a wire brush?”. He sat there in confusing until realizing that he remembered Mr. Robinson teaching the class how to clean up their equipment. At that moment he realized that it would be used to clean the test tubes after mixing small amounts of liquid from a lab; he added for an attempt of extra points, you must dilute liquid used in any experiment with large amounts of water when cleaning equipment after asking for approval from the teacher to not damage anything at risk”. Instantly after answering, he answered the next question asking what the test tube rack and corks were used for during an experiment; an easy question he though in his head “that would be used for many test tubes filled with chemicals of course; if not it would be used to dry after washing. I remember reading that the corks were used to seal the test tubes or flasks for further safety and to keep chemicals secure.” The next and final question he needed read, “how would you use a thermometer as well as a dropper?”; instantly he remembered the thermometer would be used to measure the temperature while the dropper would be used to obtain small amounts of liquid; he often mixed this up with the pipet that is used to measure and dispense small amounts of liquid. He felt confident and handed it in right after answering the last questions, ready for the lab the next class.
The next day in class, Luke was ready as ever to start his lab. He got ready for school by remembering not to wear open toes shoes. Eager to start, he sat down on his chair watching Mr. Robinson handing back the tests, hoping he got the right amount of scores needed to proceed to the experiment. When he got his test back, he felt a burst of joy reading that he passed the test; he was so overjoyed that when getting ready, he reached for his hair to tie back remembering he didn’t have long hair. He started by wearing his safety goggles to prevent harmful things from entering his eyes, then took of any jewelry he was wearing. While getting ready, he was listening to the teacher as he explained once more how the lab worked, incase of missing any important information; he then proceeds to start the lab.
As the experiment came to an end, he remembered the clean up steps needed for the lab as well as looking at the teacher to see if he was explaining any new information about clean up. He found extra liquid in his test tubes that he thought would be in use for other experiments so before throwing it out, he double checked with the teacher. After approval to not wash away the liquid, the teacher delt with the liquid. Results from following safe practice led to the lab was being successful and coming to an end where no one got injured and nothing got damaged.
Story #2 – 2WHMIS symbols; 2 consumer hazard symbols ( definitions), ethical dilemma
Luke hadn’t meant for it to happen. He knew all the WHMIS symbols but still managed to caused damage, even after the warning on the label, he still managed to light something on fire by accident. “It’s not that serious Luke, the symbol was only a consumer hazard symbol, and it was the warning flammable symbol. All you did was accidentally light the hand sanitizer on the counter.” said Brandon. “Even though it was a tiny fire, it’s still dangerous Brandon…the flammable symbol means it can light on fire, which it did. We should tell the teacher”. “First of all guys, you didn’t follow the instructions we were not to be using fire today, we were discussing space colonization and second of all even though it was a warning symbol, it can be incredibly dangerous.” said Mr. Robinson. As they were discussing the ways in which this could have ended and the reasonings of why its important to focus during instructions; the group across the room was finishing up their homework about the WHMIS symbols.
The two girls across the room seemed to be struggling with the last two questions of their homework which was hazard symbols. The definitions needed were Corrosive and Health Hazard. “Yeah I know corrosive means the product can be irritating to the skin, I wrote you need gloves and so on but its asking us to give examples, Rosa.” Jen said. “Ok, well if you search it up it says that some examples would be Hydrogen peroxide, Sulfuric acid, Bromine, etc. Those all can cause irritation to the skin.” The last question they needed was the Health hazard symbol definition and examples; they continued to search it up on Google, making sure it was a reliable source and saw that Health Hazard was “indicates that a product is very hazardous and may result in serious long-term health effects.”
<-Health Hazard and Corrosive
As the teacher approached the two students who were completing their homework, he asked an ethical dilemma of the day which was opinions on space colonization. He wondered around the class, finding the average amount of kids who thought that it was a good idea and that science and humans would benefit from it while the average of others who thought it was bad. While talking he accidentally tripped oven a cord that was sitting on the floor out in the open, a dangerous sight to see in a science room. He knocked over a small container which had a poison symbol on it. While taking a closer look, he got worried until realizing it was the hand sanitizer the boys started the fire with. The boys started to re
alize they didn’t close the cap of the hand sanitizer and all the liquid fell out. Luckily for them, the poison sign was to indicate licking, smelling, eating, drinking or smelling the substance and the cleanup would be easily solved by a paper towel.
The boys later got in trouble by the teacher and was not able to participate in later experiments until they proved they were responsible.
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2 thoughts on “Fictional Science Safety Story”
Excellent work on your fictional safety story. You fully communicated your understanding of safety issues in the Science class and included many pieces of scientific equipment. You have a good understanding of the safety symbols and told about a Science ethical dilemma. What might be reasons why colonization have negative consequences?
Thank you Mr. Robinson for the feedback!! Personally, I feel that space colonization wouldn’t be all that bad but if I were to mention a reason to why it may have negative consequences it would be because of the ways our body’s and living things that we bring with us would react to being in a different environment. I feel that if we were to be taking living things from earth and bringing it to space, there would be ways in which we adapt and it can’t be all good changes.