Teacher receives grant to encourage engineering in the classroom

Teacher receives grant to encourage engineering in the classroom
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 teacher was one of a hundred in 24 states to receive a scholarship through the Museum of Science in Boston.

Oak Grove Middle School science teacher Katrina Prince will head to Boston this summer for the scholarship.

According to a press release from the Museum of Science, each scholarship recipient will receive a complete classroom set of Engineering is Elementary curriculum materials plus tuition and travel support for the hands-on teacher workshop.

"Engineering is starting to become a really big push in elementary and middle school classes and it's not something that we've covered a lot in the past," Prince said.

While there, she'll receive training for a teaching kit on engineering that can later be used in the classroom.

Prince said she's one of many teachers who initially felt uncomfortable teaching engineering to her students.

"I don't have a lot of experience in engineering," Prince said. "Through that class, it's made me a lot more comfortable."

Prince said the kit they'll be discussing, which would have cost the school $500, is a great way to get middle school students interested in the sciences.

"We did a few introductory engineering lessons with the kids and they were able to build structures out of straws and paperclips. They had a budget where they had to use their math skills," Prince said. "They couldn't get enough of it. they were so excited, they wanted to get into the science lab to do the activities and you know they're excited about science anyway but I just saw a whole new level of excitement in the kids so I was real excited that I get another kit to be able to use."

Kimberly Armstrong and Jason Nichols with the Wynne School District, along with Bobbie McLean of the Blytheville School District also won the scholarship in Region 8.

Overall, 13 teachers from Arkansas won the scholarship.

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