If you have got apparatus in your school/college that you no longer use (even if the last use was a few years ago) it is almost certainly of use in developing countries. The following list gives examples of what we need but if you have something not listed here please contact us to see if we think it might be useful.

General, multi-purpose apparatus

  • Metal retort stands, bosses and clamps
  • Metre rules
  • Glass and plastic beakers
  • Glass and plastic measuring cylinders
  • Balances - double/triple rider
  • Balances – lever (Buchart)
  • Balances – mechanical and electrical top pan
  • Bungs and corks
  • Tripods, gauzes and triangles
  • Stopclocks, stopwatches and wall clocks with sweep second hand
  • Glass, rubber and plastic tubing
  • Thermometers (spirit and mercury) -10 to 110oC; 0 to 300oC and clinical


  • Microscopes, slides and cover slips (mounted and unmounted)
  • Dissecting tools
  • Petri dishes
  • Clinostats
  • Potometers
  • Pooters
  • Visking tubes
  • Anatomical models
  • Wall charts


  • Test and boiling tubes
  • Test tube holders
  • Brushes
  • Flasks (especially conical)
  • Gas jars
  • Beehive shelves
  • Visking tubes
  • Mortars and pestles
  • U-tubes
  • Quickfit glassware
  • Gas or spirit burners
  • Evaporating basins
  • Crucibles
  • Combustion tubes and boats
  • Watch glasses
  • Filter funnels and filters
  • Tongs
  • Burettes
  • Wood burette stands
  • Indicator and chromatographic paper
  • Bulb pipettes (10ml and 25ml)
  • Teat pipettes
  • Molecular models



  • Springbalances/Newton meters
  • Vernier calipers and micrometers
  • Dynamics trolleys
  • Ticker timers and tape
  • Light gates
  • Scalar-timers
  • Pulleys
  • Ray boxes
  • Cylindrical lenses and mirrors
  • Spherical lenses and mirrors
  • Lens holders and screens
  • Glass and perspex blocks (rectangular and semi-circular)
  • Stroboscopes and colour filters
  • Prisms

Sound and Waves

  • Sonometers
  • Tuning forks
  • Resonance tubes
  • Slinky coils
  • Vibrators
  • Ripple tanks with accessories


  • Expansion. (Ball and ring, rod with vernier length measurement)
  • Apparatus for conduction, convection and radiation demonstrations
  • Calorimeters (Normal and electrical)
  • Mechanical equivalent of heat

Electricity and Magnetism

  • Ammeters, voltmeters, multimeters (analogue and digital) and centre zero galvanometers
  • Circuit boards with matching components including bulb and cell holders
  • Low voltage power packs
  • Signal generators
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Rheostats and resistance boxes
  • Metre bridge
  • Potentiometer (long wire and rotary)
  • Capacitors, diodes, LEDs, LDRs, transistors etc. (preferably mounted)
  • Connecting wires (both made up and loose plug and sockets)
  • Small motors
  • Magnets (including horseshoe)
  • Compasses and iron filings

Sending Apparatus to LabAid

If you have something to donate please contact Labaid first using our email  Summarise what you have available and include a telephone number.

Full details of how to then send apparatus to us is explained on the “How to get stuff to us” page of this website.

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