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School teachers become students at Hollins Science Institute

Published On: Jun 23 2014 07:12:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 23 2014 07:00:00 PM EDT

Teachers got to sessions at Hollins University Science Institute to learn how they can be more hands-on with kids.


Teachers from Roanoke and surrounding counties aren't in front of the class teaching. They are learning. Hollins University Science Institute is showing teachers how to make science lessons more hands on.

“If you actually look at elementary school teachers, they are not necessarily taught that much science when they go to college. So, they could focus in and major in biology or physics, but many of them don't. So this give them an opportunity to brush up on their own background,” said Professor Renee Godard.

In a life science class teachers were shown just how hands on they could be when it comes to science education. It isn't too early to start these lessons in kindergarten, according to teacher.

“Kids ask questions. We need to stimulate them asking questions and if you actually look the S.O.L's, the S.O.L's have a requirement for science in kindergarten,” said Godard.

“I think with kindergarten, it's great to really use that sense of wonder and help them inquire and actually build upon that,” said teacher Crystal Betteridge.

A federal teaching grant is helping to make the instructional time possible. After sessions at Hollins Monday afternoon, teachers got another lesson at the transportation museum.

“One of the things that they have to teach in the primary grades are the simple machine and force and motion. So there's a lot of connection with real life force and motion and simple machines,” said Institute Director Michael Bentley.