Jacquelyn Herst | September 18, 2015 | Materials Management

"We have a lot of old FOSS modules in our storeroom that aren't being used. Can you help us decide what to do with them?"

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Erica Beck Spencer | September 14, 2015 | Materials Management

Let's be honest, a FOSS adoption is more complicated than a textbook adoption.

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Sonnie Dae | March 30, 2015 | Materials Management

During the summer, the main room of the SMART Center in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is transformed into a hub for FOSS kit refurbishment.

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Larry Malone | September 24, 2002 | Materials Management

On July 14 and 15, 2002, 26 FOSS educators from 15 school districts around the country traveled to Boulder, Colorado, for the first FOSS Materials Management Symposium. The purpose of the symposium was simply to share strategies and procedures for maintaining FOSS kits. That is, once the decision has been made to adopt FOSS as a district's science program and the kits are purchased, how do you ensure that the kits will be in A-1 condition for teacher after teacher to teach science efficiently?

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Guest Contributors | September 19, 2001 | Materials Management

It was a dream come true. Walking through Woodland Primary and Pleasant Valley Elementary in Vancouver, Washington, evidence of scientific investigations was everywhere. FOSS boxes were in use in every classroom. Aquariums, terrariums, graphs, drawings, and recordings of investigations were present in equal measure to displays of math and language projects. How does this happen? Behind every successful science program is a busy science materials center.

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Guest Contributors | September 17, 2001 | Materials Management

"Hey, volunteers can inventory the kits. It will be easy!"

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Guest Contributors | March 15, 1999 | Materials Management

Anyone who has a spent a winter in Oregon's Willamette Valley knows about the rain. FOSS kits developed by our neighbors in sunny California needed to be adapted to survive our rainy winters. Here's the story of FOSS science kit evolution in response to environmental factors.

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Guest Contributors | September 15, 1998 | Materials Management

After one year as coordinator of the elementary science materials with the reality of having to do more with less, I knew our team needed help. The FOSS boxes purchased in 1993 were beginning to show wear, so the first step was to move from cardboard to plastic boxes which could be locked. The search and purchasing happened in the spring semester while the transfers occurred during the summer.

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