[Source: Becky Daggett, FALA] — Science education has always been an integral part of Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy’s mission. FALA is a tuition-free, public charter middle and high school with a focus on academic excellence and rigorous performing and visual arts programs. FALA graduates go on to pursue higher education at some of our country’s most prestigious colleges, universities, and arts schools.
The academy offers an array of science classes—including Advanced Placement (AP) biology, chemistry, AP earth science, physics and environmental science—all of which challenge students to understand and take action to solve real-world challenges in sustainability, conservation and resource use.
The school’s science educators excel at making authentic connections between science and art. Nurturing curiosity and creativity is a key component of effective science education and creates a natural link between scientific study and artistic expression.
High school students will move from FALA’s modular classroom setting and into a modern laboratory equipped with spectrophotometers, gel electrophoresis equipment, dissecting and compound microscopes, Bunsen burners, electronic balances, micropipetters, lab benches and more. Middle school students will also have access to this new laboratory.
This move into a state-of-the-art science laboratory is necessary to give students the best education.
FALA has developed a “wish list” to make the new science lab a reality:
- Lab furniture, benches, desks (approximately $50,000)
- Spectrophotometers ($1,000 each)
- Gel electrophoresis equipment ($300 each)
- Power supplies ($500 each)
- Dissecting microscopes ($300 each)
- Compound microscopes ($400 each)
- Glassware (varies)
- Prepared slides (varies)
- Bunsen burners ($20 each)
- Electronic balances ($1,000 each)
- Micropipetters – etc. ($160 per set to $1,000 per set)
- Consumables: Pipette tips, slides, Petri dishes (varies)