Momentum Building for Hands-On Science Learning
Focus Is on Offering High-Quality Laboratory Learning
The postings on the National Lab Day website are akin to something you might find through an online dating service. Only these aren’t from lonely singles looking for a soul mate. They’re from teachers seeking help with hands-on science projects, whether the expertise of a scientist or engineer or money to help pay for a special activity or laboratory equipment.
The titles give a flavor of what teachers are after: “Extreme Science Lab Make Over,” from a teacher in Webster, Texas. The “Butterfly Garden,” from Aurora, Ill. “Cells R Us,” from Port Charlotte, Fla. “ ‘Do’ Science Not ‘View’ Science,” in Summerville, Ga. And “Cadaver Lab,” in Missoula, Mont.
National Lab Day is a public-private initiative (but not a one-day event, despite the name) launched this school year to bring more “authentic, hands-on, discovery-based lab experiences to students,” says a...
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