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Recommended Minimum Core Science Laboratory Inventory

CSTA believes that students learn science best by doing science. The California Science Content Standards require teachers to engage their students in extensive investigation and experimentation as a means to teach science content. In addition, the Williams settlement legislation has heightened concern for equal access for all students, requiring that all students have the resources they need to receive a quality education, including access to appropriate and adequate science laboratory equipment.

The following lists represent the recommended minimum laboratory equipment, supplies, and related inventory required in order for a district to support and deliver standards-based instruction in science, grades K-12. The recommended inventories represent the materials that would be required to teach the Investigation and Experimentation standards of the California Science Content Standards.

Comments and suggestions for additions can be sent to CSTA.

Last updated: July 17, 2008

Elementary Grades Sciences
Grade 6 Science
Grade 7 Science
Grade 8 Science
High School Physics
High School Chemistry
High School Biology/Life Science
High School Earth/Space Science