Making Science Make Sense Teacher Workshop
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By: Jeff Donald, External Communications, Bayer CropScience
Earlier this summer, the Making Science Make Sense Teacher Workshop was held in Clayton, North Carolina. Teachers from around the area gathered for a day of learning and fun. The workshop is an annual tradition for Bayer CropScience, designed to engage local elementary school teachers and provide them with new and exciting classroom experiments specific to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Our MSMS team of Bayer CropScience employees have always received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our teachers. One teacher wrote:
“Out of all the science workshops I have attended in my teaching career, this was by far the most awesome, usable, professional one! The hands-on labs, the take-home samples, the professional presentations, the beehive experience, and the wonderful meals were all reasons that made this an amazing experience. ”
- Dawn D. Schmucker, Bethany Elementary School
The teachers were provided with gift bags that included materials to recreate multiple experiments in their classrooms. They also received Bayer Bee Care information, flash drives with preloaded audio of several popular experiments, and other teaching tools. Bayer CropScience employees shared an array of exhilarating experiments, including a demonstration of the expansion of gasses. Brue Young, a scientist at Bayer CropScience, showed the teachers how to explain the expansion of gasses by adding hydrogen peroxide and Alka-Seltzer to a small plastic film canister. Within a few minutes an unexpected “pop” forced open the canister and sent it flying towards the ceiling!
Later in the workshop, the teachers put on beekeeping suits and ventured out to the live bee hives. They were all excellent sports as they braved the heat and investigated the anatomy of the honey bee hives. Some of the teachers held bee-covered frames as they learned about the thousands of female workers that were scaling the combs. There were several expert apiarists there that did an excellent job of answering questions from the group.
Overall, the day proved to be extremely educational and influential. Many of the teachers approached our Bayer CropScience MSMS team and thanked them for hosting such a wonderful program. Such great feedback makes our team look forward to hosting the MSMS Teacher Workshop for many years to come!
Visit our Making Science Make Sense website for more information Bayer’s efforts to improve education. And don’t forget to follow @BayerMSMS on Twitter!