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South Dakota teachers participate in Mobile Science Lab workshop

Twenty-six teachers from South Dakota recently attended the Mobile Science Lab workshop at Black Hills State University. The teachers participated in many different sessions including topics in the areas of chemistry, biology, earth science, and physical science.

Teachers can select from a variety of sessions in their topic and grade level. Teachers who attend the summer workshop will have the opportunity to use the portable science lab at their school. Teachers who participated in this year’s workshop include: Kren Abata, Michelle Matian, Kent Wells, and Tom Willis from Douglas; Melinda Capp from Spearfish; Patrick Cass from Sturgis; Larry Christianson from Pierre; Angela Reder and Brent Larsen from Belle Fourche; Greg O’Connell from Dupree; Sandra VanVleck from Custer; Gary Weidmantel from Herreid; Gratha Gregory from Rapid City; Marlene Bear Stops from Howes; Janet Stands from Pine Ridge; Mark Buchmann from Bennett County; Donna Schmitz and Rhonda Waterbury from Gregory; Chad Podhradsky from Howard; Michael Jones form Whitewood; Mary Smith from Hermosa; Seth Webster from Winner; Karen Lynch from New Underwood; and Jan VanVuren from New Holland.

Science on the Move, administered by the Center for the Advancement of Math and Sciense Education (CAMSE), is a statewide project to provide South Dakota students with high quality science lab opportunities. Two large semitrailers are used as mobile science labs. These semi-trailers are equipped with a broad range of equipment, from powerful microscopes to tools used in molecular biology. Students can use the equipment inside these trailers either in the mobile science lab or in their classroom.

Science on the Move is often the first experience many of these students have to work with this kind of science equipment. The trailers circulate throughout the state and generally remain at the school for two to five days before moving on. These trucks are equipped not only with high tech equipment, but with experienced science teachers who drive them. Jerry Opbroek(Mitchell) and Bob Vanderlinde(Elk Point) are familiar with all the equipment and use their knowledge to help other teachers from around the state.

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