Research Triangle Park, N.C. (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Triangle science teachers gave a green thumbs up to Bayer CropScience’s recent Making Science Make Sense® workshop, where area educators got their hands in the dirt to cultivate open minds and an interest in active learning among students. On Thursday, June 28, 30 area third through fifth grade science teachers participated in a workshop at the Bayer CropScience Innovation Center in Morrisville, N.C. The 62,500 square foot facility is dedicated to driving the company’s robust research and development pipeline through commercial gene discovery, trait generation and product development.
During the Making Science Make Sense workshop, teachers toured the Innovation Center and participated in three specially-designed experiments: properties of matter and separation, soil exploration, and DNA extraction. All participants were encouraged to take these experiments back to the classroom to help students develop a love of learning and an ability to scientifically navigate opportunities for innovation in agriculture, bioscience, technology and more. Teachers also received continuing education credits for the course.
Making Science Make Sense received highly positive reactions from teachers who participated in the workshop. Jessica Anderson, third grade teacher at Carpenter Elementary School in Cary, N.C., said “Thank you so much for one of the best workshops I have ever been to. I am so excited to do some of the experiments with my students next year.” Jennifer H. Frydrychowicz, MSed., coordinating teacher for special education services for the Wake County Public School System, added that “This was the single best workshop I have participated in. I was so excited; I went home and showed my nephew all of Bruce’s experiments that we could find on YouTube. He was floored and so anxious to try them at home. His first question (at six years old) was – ‘What is
the objective of your experiment?’ Please continue the wonderful work with the Making Science Make Sense program that you do. Thanks so much.”
“Making Science Make Sense has been encouraging science literacy among children for more than 15 years now,” said Adrian Percy, VP and Head of Development North America. “At Bayer CropScience, we are committed to advancing this initiative through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. What the teachers experienced in our workshop will be incredibly beneficial in forming the scientific leaders and problem solvers who will be responsible for creating a better tomorrow.”
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