7 Ways to Make Science Make Sense

Monday, August 15, 2016
By: Linnea Gibson, Kenan Fellow and Elementary School Teacher
Children performing science experiments in classroom

This past summer I interned at the Crop Science division of Bayer, with a goal of gaining a deeper understanding in various science fields, including the agricultural community. Now that my internship is complete, my hope is that I can leverage my experience to connect my students to opportunities beyond the classroom, and enhance the way we teach our curriculum to bring in more real-world relevance.

Recently, I enjoyed returning to Research Triangle Park for the Bayer Making Science Make Sense Teacher Workshop—led by Bayer scientists—with other Kenan Fellows, some fellow teachers from Conn Magnet Elementary School where I teach, and dozens of other elementary school teachers from around the Triangle. Check out the photos and quotes below to learn about our experience at the workshop.

1. “Having a whole day to connect with and learn from other educators is really refreshing – especially right before we start the new year!”

Teachers collaborate in Making Science Make Sense workshop

2. “We got tons of new ideas and exposure to biotech to incorporate into the classroom.”

Bayer shows teachers how to bring biotech into classroom

3. “It was amazing how much they could teach us about pH testing and household items – who knew so much stuff in your kitchen could have great learning chemical reactions.”

Science teachers perform hands-on pH experiments

4. “This was a rare opportunity to interact with real scientists who are so down to earth and eager to work with students and teachers.”

Bayer scientist teaches Making Science Make Sense workshop

5. “I feel like I have a much better understanding of GMOs after touring the greenhouse and hearing from their staff.”

Elementary school teachers tour Bayer greenhouse

6. “We loved see all the new hands-on examples with simple materials. Teachers are always on a budget, and I could definitely do these – they were so creative!”

Making Science Make Sense hands-on balloon experiment

7. “Who knew so much of what we eat comes from bees! I had no idea how interesting they are.”

MSMS teachers tour the Bayer Bee Care Center

If you are interested in more information about my time spent at Bayer or about the Kenan Fellows Program, please check out some of my other blog posts below. You can also follow me on Twitter @ConnMagnet.

Bringing Bayer to the Classroom

Making Science Make Sense – Makes a Difference with Educators

Planning a Lesson Plan

Challenging Challenge Based Learning


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