Science Kit Services, Schedule & Delivery
Science Kit Services
The SMC provides science kits to grades K through 8, focusing primarily on K through 6. Each grade level receives three kits per year to cover three basic science strands: physical, earth and life. Supplemental kits are available for further study of these and other disciplines, such as astronomy, the environment and technology. The SMC kits come from a variety of sources including national publishers (i.e. FOSS< STC< BBS) as well as locally developed open educational resources.
Science Kit Schedule
Science kits are distributed on a schedule so that every class in a given school is studying the same strand of science at the same time. Ideally, science kits are used three times each school year, thus maximizing utilization of investments in kits.
The kit rotation schedule is designed so that a kit spends a minimum of 9-10 weeks in classrooms and 14 working days in the SMC for replenishment. The kit replenishment schedule is staggered so that transportation and replenishment of kits do not cause production bottlenecks.
Science kit distribution and pickup for school buildings is facilitated by the SMC. Science kits are staged (prepared for delivery) by school district, school building, science strand (physical, earth, and life) and kit title. Kits are delivered / picked up by a contract carrier to each individual building. Science kits weight from 20 to 40 pounds each. The SMC has over 1,600 science kits in stock.