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Serving Tucson's students since 1993. Regional Science Center. 2025 E. Winsett Tucson, AZ (520) 225-4933 http://www.tusd1.org/contents/depart/science/index.asp. SERVING ~ 63,000 K-8 Students KITS 30 Kit Titles (K-8) ~3,430 kit inventory= ~5,440 boxes OUR CLIENTS

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regional science center

Serving Tucson's students since 1993

Regional Science Center

2025 E. Winsett Tucson, AZ (520) 225-4933 http://www.tusd1.org/contents/depart/science/index.asp

statistics

SERVING

  • ~ 63,000 K-8 Students
  • KITS
  • 30 Kit Titles (K-8)
  • ~3,430 kit inventory= ~5,440 boxes
  • OUR CLIENTS
    • TUSD, Flowing Wells Unified School District,
    • Altar Valley School District, St. Ambrose Catholic School, Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School, Nellie P. Covert School, Tucson Country Day School, Tucson Hebrew Academy, SS Peter & Paul Catholic School, St. John’s Catholic School, St. Ambrose Catholic School, Santa Cruz Catholic School, St. Cyril School, Desert Valley Christian School, Family Life Academy
  • SPACE
  • Current space 9,905 square feet.
Statistics
k 8 core science curriculum
K-8 CORE Science Curriculum

REDBLUEGRAYMini

  • Measurement materials are included in each kit
  • Science Stories, readers and/or other non-fiction literature are included in most kits.
refurbishment
Refurbishment

RSC staff uses established protocols that allow kit refurbishment in an average of 20-25min. depending upon the kit complexity.

  • Manuals are checked for
  • completeness
  • Items are inventoried
  • using the inventory sheet
  • Non-consumable items are
  • cleaned/replaced
  • Consumables are added as needed
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Crates hold prepared replacement pages for manuals.

Weight charts are used to avoid counting large quantity items.

Many items such as Potting Soil, Sand, Gravel, are prepackaged and kept in sealed containers, ready for use.

Bag-O-Stuff contains several of the small items in the kits and/or items of large quantities. These pre-packaged bags are assembled in advance to help maximize the refurbishment speed.

Identification charts are created for quick identification of items to ensure correct products are used in kits.

inventory
Inventory
  • Inventory is stored in aisles that pertain to each kit.
  • High use items are stored closest to the refurbishment area.
  • Stock/Bulk is sorted alphabetically - pre-counted and bagged to add to surplus bins as needed.
  • Bulk inventory is ordered for a full year refurbishment.
live organisms
Live Organisms

The RSC breeds and cares for a variety of critters that are used in the K-8 science kits.

  • Blackworms
  • Brine Shrimp (eggs)
  • Crayfish
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
  • Mealworms
  • Milkweed Bugs
  • Minnows
  • Silkworms (seasonally)
  • Snails (Land and Water)
  • Triops (eggs)
tracking retrieving computer management
Tracking/Retrieving/Computer Management
  • Resource Manager tracks kits.
  • Kits are assigned to a specific teacher at each site.
  • Kits are delivered & picked up from the sites by geographic region to maximize efficiency.
kit delivery and pick up
Kit Delivery and Pick Up

Driver checking for all

written material -

Teacher Guide,

Science Stories, etc.

As with all aspects of the Regional Science Center, the delivery and pick up of kits have very specific procedures. These processes help us keep track of materials as well as determine where materials are at any given time.

Driver checking to make sure

books match the unit.

staff
Staff

Robert

Martinez

Frances Corral

Mary Rodriguez

Leslie Pike

Tina Gonzales

Valerie Vargas

The RSC runs under the coordinated efforts of eight full time staff who take pride in serving the needs of Tucson’s children.

Volunteers, light duty district employees, special needs students, summer job training students all help pre-bundle materials used for kit refurbishment.

professional development
Professional Development
  • Science Specialists at the RSC provide ongoing PD to ensure a highly qualified work force.
    • Kit Foundation courses
    • Study Groups
    • Customized professional development.
    • Topics include Science Notebooks, Inquiry, Building Academic Vocabulary, Student Assessment, Graphic Organizers, and more

Center Manager Araceli registers teachers for a course.

kits in use
Kits in Use

All students have access to equitable, high quality science instruction that is nationally recognized and standards-based.

-Children observing a ‘land snail’ and

writing in their science notebook.

rsc contacts
RSC Contacts

http://www.tusd1.org/contents/depart/science/index.asp

src@tusd1.org