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Finding the Carbon in Sugar

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Science Safety Considerations

Students always must think about safety when conducting science investigations. This slide may be used to review safety with your class prior to beginning the activity. 

Safety first!

  • Always school district and school science laboratory safety guidelines. 
  • Have a clear understanding of the investigation in advance. 
  • Practice any investigation with which you are not familiar before conducting it with the class. 
  • Make sure appropriate safety equipment, such as safety goggles, is available. 
  • Continually monitor the area where the investigation is being conducted.

Safety note: FIRE HAZARD. BURN HAZARD. Have students remove loose papers, tie back hair, and secure loose clothing before lighting candles. Caution students to use care around the lighted candle, and not to eat the sugar or melted sugar. 


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education