Teachers get some helpful tips at Science City on how to better connect with students

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Teachers have all the answers, right?

Well, not always. The folks at Making Science Make Sense believe you should never stop learning, that's why they invited some local teachers out to Science City at Union Station for a free lesson.

"One of the groups we'll focus on are elementary school teachers because they are reaching the students at a prime opportunity where it's important to get them excited, and you can do that with simple experiments and make them think, 'Wow! Science is exciting. I want to do more; I want to learn more,'"Scott Wade with Bayer Crop Science said.

"I'm trying to find new ways to challenge my students and get them excited about learning, about science, and the different fields in science that they could go into in their future," said Rising Cross Elementary teacher Rebecca Cross.

"Today we were talking about honey bees and the importance of honey bees in our environment," Wade said. "With the Cheetoh activity, we were doing a demonstration to show how bees help pollinate. And so with this activity, it's nice because you get a little snack, you get to eat some Cheetohs, and we have the kids, or in this case the teacher, don't clean off your fingers. So as you're getting that yellow Cheetoh dust on your fingers, that's going to represent pollen."

The teachers got to see for themselves how the pollen can be transferred from one surface to another, and got a refresher course on how much of our fruits and vegetables rely on bee pollination.

"Sometimes, honestly, we'll take in a simple activity like this Cheetoh activity, and you wonder, 'Are kids today, with all of the resources and the internet and all of the things that they have available to them, are they going to respond to this?' And they do. Every time," Wade said.

For more science experiments and teaching tips, check out the website for Making Science Make Sense.


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