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February 22, 2007

Science to be showcased at Shelbyville's Coulston Elementary

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A two-year emphasis on science education throughout the Shelbyville school district will culminate with a Science Expo on Monday (Feb. 26) at Coulston Elementary, 121 Knightstown Road, Shelbyville, Ind. The event, which is open to the public from 6:30-7:30 p.m., will feature science experiments conducted by the students throughout the day.

"Science Expo provides a chance for our students to share the results of scientific investigations they have been working throughout the semester," said Betsy Larrabee, Shelbyville Central Schools Advanced and Enriched Program coordinator and Title I coordinator. "They are eager to share their projects with other students and the Shelbyville community."

The Science Expo is produced in partnership with the Purdue University Office of Engagement and the Purdue College of Science. Purdue College of Science K-12 outreach coordinators have worked with more than 100 elementary, middle and high school teachers at Shelbyville Central Schools since the fall of 2004. The teachers have developed inquiry-based science activities and standards-based science lessons that they conducted in class.

"Science Expo grew from the teachers' desire for students to be more active and engaged in science," said Bill Walker, director of College of Science K-12 Outreach. "Our outreach coordinators have worked with the Shelbyville teachers on the expo as one way to address their school and community needs for science education."

Science Expo allows teachers to implement inquiry-based science instruction and involve community members. The term "inquiry" refers to the abilities students should develop to be able to design and conduct scientific investigations and to the teaching strategies that enable scientific concepts to be mastered through investigations. The importance of inquiry is reflected in the Indiana Academic Science Standards and on the ISTEP science test.

For more information about the Shelbyville Central Schools Science Expo, contact Betsy Larrabee at (317) 398-9725, bjlarrabee@shelbycs.k12.in.us.

Writer: Marydell Forbes (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Betsy Larrabee, (317) 398-9725, bjlarrabee@shelbycs.k12.in.us

Bill Walker, (765)  (765) 494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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