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Nearly 500 area teachers engaged in free interactive workshops offered in June by ORAU

ORAU concludes third and final week of professional development workshops for educators

June 20, 2014

Teachers participate in iCan construction

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Connie Bell, Porter Elementary (center) is joined by Benjamin Bruce, Sumner County Schools (left), and Mariam Wilhelm, Knoxville Jewish Day School (right), in building the ORAU starburst logo from canned food as part of the iCan workshop. This exercise provided teachers with a hands-on activity designed to help students learn about art, math, engineering and architecture. Once the structure was completed, the food, 125 pounds in all, was donated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Food Pantry in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The activity was one of several offered through ORAU’s Center for Science Education.

Nearly 500 teachers participated in these free workshops offered beginning in late May through the middle of June. Through hands-on activities, teachers learned about various techniques that can better engage students in the learning process, particularly related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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