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Find and circle ten words hidden in the puzzle below that describe tools used by scientists at the Environmental Science Center to study the environment. The words are listed to the right of the puzzle. Circle the words by clicking your mouse on one end of the word and dragging the mouse to the other end. Once you have circled the word, it will disappear from the list on the right. Words may be hidden horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in the puzzle.

Look below the puzzle to find out what the words mean.



Analyze To break down a sample into different parts in order to identify each part.

Beaker A glass or plastic container that chemists use to measure and pour liquids.

Buret A glass tube marked with a scale that scientists use to measure how much space a liquid takes up.

Chemistry The study of matter. Matter is anything that occupies space, from very small objects like atoms to very large objects like the sun.

Technology Tools that make people's lives easier and help them understand the natural world.

Microscope A laboratory tool that uses a lens to make a small object look larger.

Petri Dish A glass or plastic dish used by scientists to grow tiny single-celled organisms called Bacteria (see below).

Bacteria Tiny single-celled organisms that live in water,  soil, plants, and animals. Bacteria are usually round, spiral-shaped, or rod-shaped. Bacteria are so small that they can only be seen with a Microscope (see above).

Laboratory A place where scientists perform experiments and use tools like a microscope or petri dish to study different kinds of matter.

Solvent A liquid that helps to separate the different parts of a sample. The separated parts can then be identified by the scientist. An example of a solvent is acetone, an ingredient in nail polish remover.