One-day workshop engages local elementary school teachers in hands-on, inquiry-based learning program
Kansas City, MO (October 12, 2015)
— As a science-based company, Bayer recognizes its responsibility to help improve science educaton and promote science literacy across the country. To expand on the commitment, Bayer hosted nearly 30 local elementary school teachers at its first Making Science Make Sense teacher workshop at Science City on October 10. Bayer’s award-winning Making Science Make Sense program is a company-wide initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.
Completely free to attend, the workshop offered an opportunity to receive a CEU credit and participate in four exciting classroom experiments designed to develop a love of science-based learning in students, focusing on density, the creation of proteins, pollination and plant DNA extraction. Each teacher received a tool kit with supplies to take back to their classroom to facilitate the teaching of these experiments in their own classrooms with their students. Attendees came from the following schools surrounding the Kansas City metro region: Broken Arrow Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, Comanche Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Highlands Elementary, John Diemer Elementary, Roesland Elementary, Rushton Elementary, Shawanoe Elementary, Sunflower Elementary and Tomahawk Elementary. Attendees also came from the following schools in Missouri: Academie Lafayette, Harrisonville Elementary, Luff Elementary, Spring Branch Elementary and Stansberry Leadership Center.
“Science is at the heart of everything Bayer does. From the food we eat, to the pets we love and to the yards that make our houses homes, our people are vested in the health and well-being of our world,” said Lauren Dorsch, Sr. Manager, Communications at Bayer Animal Health. “We are excited to partner with Science City, to make science-based learning fun and exciting and awaken the inner scientist in students and teachers all over the Kansas City region. The future of tomorrow’s scientists and researchers begins today by investing in the teachers who will provide students with amazing learning experiences.”
In addition to the workshop, this year, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Making Science Make Sense program, Bayer has launched a campaign to celebrate and say thank you to mentors nationwide who have helped provide children with hands-on learning opportunities to inspire the next generation of science enthusiasts. Now through November 25, Bayer is asking people of all ages to share a “thank you” message by visiting www.SayTkU.com
or via social media, acknowledging someone who has inspired scientific imagination and helped to make science make sense in their life.
“Science is an integral part of our everyday lives, and we are ecstatic to partner with Bayer and local teachers to showcase how science learning is not only fun, but can also lead to many exciting career paths,” said Christy Nitsche, Director of Programming at Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City. “The skills acquired from the Making Science Make Sense experiments, such as critical thinking and creativity, are skills that are essential to leaders in today’s scientific world. Through the program, Bayer is leading the charge in developing and implementing the tools necessary for students to experience STEM success.”
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