GREENVILLE – Roper Mountain Science Center, a facility of Greenville County Schools, will host 100 teachers from 60 school districts across the state for the Science PLUS Institute during the summer of 2011.
The institute, funded by a state Education Improvement Act grant, gives intensive training in science teaching methods and activities to public school science teachers from throughout South Carolina. It emphasizes the belief that all students deserve a good science education.
Each school district that submitted applicants is represented by at least one teacher chosen to attend the summer training. In the institute’s 18-year history, over 3,800 public school teachers have participated in Science PLUS classes. This summer, District One will be represented by Shonte’ C. Grady of Royall Elementary School.
Courses for the 2011 session include six different one-week courses in life, space, human body and physical sciences in June. Classes are built around specific grade levels corresponding to the state’s science academic standards for grades 3-8. Participants receive free classroom materials to duplicate the lessons learned during their week’s study. By special arrangement with Furman University, teachers also can earn non-degree graduate credit at a reduced rate.
Science PLUS also provides resources for hands-on activities with students. Teachers receive science materials and supplies to duplicate the lessons they’ve learned.
“New skills, enhanced content knowledge and tested ideas shared by other teachers enable our Science PLUS participants to return to their classrooms with confidence and renewed enthusiasm,” said institute coordinator Lucinda Jacobs.