Small-school science program makes a dent in N. America
A small rural school in south central Iowa was one of 18 district winners throughout the U.S. and Canada that were honored for its innovative science education despite lacking resources.
Twin Cedars Junior and Senior High in Bussey received the honor for its application and video to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Science Teacher Mauree Haage had to prove in her application that, despite outdated facilities, she had found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences.
“I applied for this award because at my school we have a very high poverty rate and are very small,” Haage said. “My science lab has not been altered since the building was built in the 1960s.”
As a district winner, Haage and her school will receive a $3,000 science lab prize package that includes:
- $1,000 Shell Oil grant to purchase lab equipment and other science education resources;
- $1,000 in donated science lab equipment donated by Carolina Biological Supply Company;
- $300 gift certificate to the NSTA Science Store;
- One year NSTA membership for two teachers;
- NSTA Learning Center subscription for two teachers; and
- Paid registration for two teachers to attend a 2017 NSTA Area Conference on Science Education.
The competition encouraged North American teachers grades 6 through 12 to apply for a chance to have a school science lab makeover.
Haage, who is in her first year at Twin Cedars, has made it her mission to bring the science program into the 21st century.
“We are very excited about the fact that this will be able to kickstart our remodel of the science classroom,” she said. “I have applied for several grants this year. Besides this award, I have been awarded about $4,500 in classroom technology like laptops and a new weather station that will be going in the ground very soon!”