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Summer Science Academy is now in session

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Science class is going hands-on and high-tech this summer for elementary school teachers and students at the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in Indianapolis.

Science teachers and students from the elementary and middle schools there are participating in the Summer Science Academy, which is part of the Partners in Inquiry-Based Science for Student Success Science Partnership with Purdue University's College of Science. Teachers will work on improving their classroom instruction and developing scientific literacy for all students. The science academy will take place from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. June 18-22 at Northview Middle School.

Teachers will participate in programs the week of June 18, learning about science content, an engaged approach to teaching science in grades K-9 and integrating technology into science instruction. 

Beginning July 23, the teachers will have an opportunity to put what they learned into action.  Students from Washington Township will work with the teachers from 1-3 p.m. on a variety of hands-on science content activities.  Students in grades K-4 will meet at Nora Elementary School, while grades 5-8 meet at Northview Middle School. Teachers will use this experience to prepare for teaching science during the 2007-2008 school year and continue professional development during the afternoons.

The Summer Science Academy is part of a three-year science partnership between the College of Science K-12 Outreach program and the Washington Township schools, funded by a grant from by the Indiana Department of Education. Bill Walker, director of College of Science K-12 Outreach, said he is pleased the state recognizes the value of a strong foundation in science education.

"Research and academic standards reflect the growing importance scientific literacy has on our daily lives,” Walker said.  "Purdue wants to do all it can to support schools in making science a subject in which students enjoy and excel."

The grant has allowed Washington Township schools to invest in scientific equipment for the students to use in class.  The partnership allows Washington Township teachers to participate in professional development activities, including:

* Inquiry-based instruction;

* Instruction on how to meet Indiana's Academic Standards for Science;

* Interdisciplinary activities and instruction techniques that address individual student learning needs;

* Activities and information to develop content knowledge;

* Time to create, implement, and assess science lessons.

Source: William Walker, (765) 494- 5890, wswalker@purdue.edu

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