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Loan Kits

The MathScience Innovation Center is pleased to offer educational loan kits to teachers in our consortium school divisions. MSiC Loan Kits are curricular resources containing rigorous STEM activities, materials, and sophisticated equipment (GPS units, weather instruments, etc) for hands-on, inquiry-based student learning. Materials and content has been selected to provide in-depth instruction of the concept addressed and include a lesson plan or curriculum guide, manipulatives, lab materials, activities, informal assessment tools, teacher demonstrations, and resource materials. All MSiC Loan Kits meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. 

To Reserve a Kit:

Loan Kits can be borrowed for up to three-weeks to a school or individual teacher and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Loan Kits are distributed to schools in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond through the inter-office mail system. Teachers in other full consortium member divisions (Colonial Heights, King William, Petersburg, & Powhatan) may also borrow kits, but they are responsible for kit delivery and return to the Center. 

Kits are loaned by the month. When choosing a kit you will also be choosing the month you want to use it.You should receive the  kit by the 7th of the month. Return the kit to the Center no later than the last day of the same month.


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