One-Day Workshop Helps Educators Enhance Experiential Science Learning Through Hands-On Experiments
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 27, 2013) – Bayer CropScience helped Triangle teachers cultivate experiential learning opportunities through its recent Making Science Make Sense® workshop, held at the company’s training and development center in Clayton, N.C. The 11,000-square-foot facility, situated on 281 acres of land, hosted approximately 40 third- through fifth-grade educators from Durham, Johnston, Wake and other surrounding counties.
During the Making Science Make Sense workshop, teachers learned about apiculture (beekeeping) 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 bananas and strawberries, and demonstrations of the water cycle and density. These projects provided teachers with ideas and activities to put into action in their classrooms.
The participants in the 2013 Making Science Make Sense workshop are all educators in from Durham, Johnston, and Wake County NC.
Wake County, NC teachers participated in experiments they can take back to their classrooms.
Bayer CropScience scientists were on-hand to assist and answer questions during the workshop.
“Bayer CropScience has been committed to STEM education and cultivating a love of science learning in students for more than 15 years now,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “Through Making Science Make Sense, we want to create opportunities for elementary school students to gain hands-on experience with science , as they will be the future scientists and researchers helping create a better tomorrow for people around the world. This starts, of course, with investing in the teachers who will pass on their science knowledge to their students.”
Additionally, local teachers took an interactive tour of the Clayton facility, learned about Bayer CropScience’s sustainability efforts, field crop and turf cultivation, and received a behind-the-scenes tour of an on-site ornamental nursery and insect laboratory. Scientists showed attendees how to use household items to demonstrate basic science principles to students during a “Magic of Science Show.” Teachers received the option of earning continuing education (CE) credits through their participation in Making Science Make Sense.
“Science is an integral part of our everyday lives, and we want to help teachers show their students that science learning is not only fun, but can also open up doors to endless educational and career possibilities for bright young minds,” said Dick Rogers, an apiologist and entomologist for Bayer CropScience and part of the Making Science Make Sense program. “Whether students are learning about honey bees, where their food comes from, or how to conduct their own experiments, we want them to know that they too can become scientists and gain a greater understanding of the world around them. Bayer CropScience’s Making Science Make Sense program does just that.”
For more information on Making Science Make Sense, visit http://www.bayerus.com/MSMS/MSMS_Home.aspx or http://www.bayercropscience.us/Our-Commitment/Education/Making-Science-Make-Sense.
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