Science P.L.U.S. Energizes Science Teachers
Science teachers from Greenville and across the state participated in Science P.L.U.S., a free week-long professional development program taught at Roper Mountain Science Center that inspires teachers to bring innovative science lessons back to their classrooms.
Jennifer Gabehart, a third grade teacher at Buena Vista Elementary, was excited about the many ideas she learned that will make her classroom more student-centered. “We worked a lot with student journals where there’s an input page where the teacher can give notes, and there’s an output page where the students can add their input and makes connections through drawings, poetry, or diagrams,” she explained. “We also worked in teams and did a lot of collaboration, which is exactly how the students will approach science learning.”
Shawn Fowler, a fourth grade teacher at Monarch Elementary, said, “One of the kits we use is called Gizmos and Gadgets. These are electronic building blocks that can be used to make a Megablaster, a wireless doorbell, a golfer mat, or many other options,” he explained.
Teachers also built and tested water and air-powered cars.
All participants received kits including Little Bits, Robotikits, and K’Nex for energy, motion and aeronautics design.