Tennessee Teachers Participate
in Hands-On Workshop at UTC
Sandra Partelow, fifth grade science teacher at Nolan Elementary School
on Signal Mountain, says her students love to do activities because hands-on
activities make sense to them.
I teach a lot about weather, and I have a weather station set up
at school. With the information I am learning today, I can teach my students
to not only read the instruments, but also to collect data and contribute
to broader research efforts, Partelow said.
Partelow was one of 25 in-service and pre-service teachers participating
in a hands-on science workshop funded by the Tennessee Higher Education
Commission. Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
(GLOBE) is an international K-12 program in which students and teachers
collect environmental data at their school and upload it to the GLOBE
website to be used by scientists around the world.
Teachers from Hamilton, McMinn, Polk, Sequatchie, Marion, and Bradley
counties participated. UTC faculty in the biological and environmental
sciences served as the trainers.
Teachers learned about the atmosphere, global warming, acid rain,
and the ozone. The teachers can now instruct their students on how to
collect environmental data from our air, water, and soil, according
to Dawn Ford, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
Ford and other professors directed training at the UTC Challenger Center,
Tennessee River Gorge Pot Point House, and the UTC Aquatic Lab.
To discuss GLOBE or to learn more about UTC Biological and Environmental
Science, email Dawn Ford or call
(423) 425-2247 or (423) 425-4341.