Bayer CropScience Engages Triangle Teachers With Making Science Make Sense

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Bayer CropScience recently hosted nearly 30 third- through fifth-grade teachers from Durham, Johnston, Wake and surrounding counties at its training and development facility in Clayton, N.C. for the company’s annual Making Science Make Sense workshop. During the workshop, teachers learned about apiculture and the importance of honey bee health to crop pollination, as well as participated in a variety of hands-on experiments designed by Bayer CropScience scientists. These experiments included soil identification, isolation of DNA from strawberries and demonstrations of the water cycle and density. The projects provided teachers with ideas and activities to put into action in their classrooms. In addition to learning various experiments, teachers also received insight into instilling a lifelong love of science learning in students through the "Magic of Science" show, where Bayer CropScience scientists used household items to demonstrate basic science principles.

Participating teachers enjoyed the hands-on nature of the experiments, as well as their cost effectiveness. Each experiment in the Making Science Make Sense program was designed to be easily replicated in the classroom for students. Several teachers also provided this feedback for the class:

"You’re not going to learn science with worksheets and books. The only way for the kids to get any benefit out of it and any depth of knowledge is through application," said Lorraine Rudiak, fifth grade teacher at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, N.C. "I really like this workshop because everything they did was a hands-on experiment with affordable, safe household products that parents can send in for their students or we as teachers can purchase on our own. I really have an appreciation for Bayer. The fact that all of these people took six months out of their time to plan this for educators gives me a new appreciation for the company."

"Today was an awesome day. You go to so many classes and you don’t get the hands-on experience, instead you listen to lectures all of the time," Kyle Carlson, teacher at Jones Dairy Elementary School in Wake Forest. "I will be able to take part in the experiments I learned today in the classroom with my students. I think this is a wonderful program for this group. This is a great place for teachers to come learn and get hands-on experience."”

"This was exactly what I was hoping it would be," said Lara Overby, fifth grade teacher at Brunson Elementary School in Winston-Salem, N.C. "To find out more about Bayer CropScience’s division and what they do was fascinating to me personally. The activities presented today were fabulous and things I can use in my classroom. The DNA extraction goes well with the genetics portion of the curriculum that’s in fifth grade science and it’s definitely a hands-on experiment that kids will enjoy."”

In addition to participating in experiments, teachers were able to tour the 11,000-square-foot Clayton facility, situated on 281 acres of land and home to an ornamental nursery and insect laboratory. They also received a behind-the-scenes look at Bayer CropScience’s sustainability efforts, field crop and turf cultivation.

For more than 15 years, Bayer CropScience has invested in STEM education and has inspired future scientists through the Making Science Make Sense program. Each workshop is designed to create opportunities for elementary school students to gain hands-on experience with science, and to help teachers pass on their knowledge to the next generation of science educators and leaders. Whether students are learning about honey bees, where their food comes from, or how to conduct their own experiments, Bayer CropScience uses Making Science Make Sense to help them gain a greater understanding of how the world works.

To learn more about Bayer CropScience’s commitment to Making Science Make Sense, visit or To view videos on the program, visit and


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