Grant to Help Albemarle Teachers Implement STEM Learning

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Students at Albemarle County schools will soon have a more in-depth understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math. The school system has just been awarded a STEM grant from the state.

The grant provides teaching for the teachers themselves, so that knowledge can then trickle down into the classroom.

This summer, a group of teachers from county schools will head off to a training session. The goal is for the course to enhance teacher knowledge in physical sciences, specifically teaching them how to provide hands-on learning in STEM-based curriculum.

After the training, teachers will practice the hands-on learning, such as by taking the students to learn inside a lab at the University of Virginia rather than making a PowerPoint presentation for them.

"When a student can apply what they've learned or demonstrate what they know is far superior to just reciting information that they may have heard in a lecture otherwise and we want experiences with students in which they can engage with learning,” said Chad Ratliff, assistant director of instructional programs for Albemarle County Public Schools.

Sixteen school divisions throughout the state were awarded a total of $227,000. Because Albemarle County is a large school division, it should get a decent chunk of the check.

The training is for middle and high school teachers who teach STEM-based courses.

Teachers will most likely get the training at UVA.

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