Norristown Students Will Benefit From Teachers’ Experience

Teachers from Pennsylvania’s Norristown Area School District get a unique perspective on student-centered learning during a recent day of special training.

Nearly 60 teachers from the Norristown Area School District just outside Philadelphia spent a day in early October learning new ways to get their students excited about science.

In partnership with the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), Dow employees presented a number of activities to the teachers, as well as a wealth of resources for their classrooms, including materials for hands-on student activities, a flash drive with 60 You Be The Chemist® experiments, additional teaching materials, and gift bags filled with a variety of items to help captivate and engage students during the learning process.

“This was really great,” said one participating teacher in her program evaluation. “So many engaging activities to get all the kids excited about science concepts.”

The professional development day for teachers was complemented by a train-the-trainer workshop at Dow’s Northeast Technology Center in Collegeville, Pa., for employees interested in participating in or leading Essential Elements workshops in the community or just increasing experience with hands-on chemistry demonstrations. The workshop was led by a CEF facilitator and attended by 10 Dow employees interested in STEM education.

“Providing our employees with the necessary tools to be STEM Ambassadors is critical,” said Melissa Johnson, senior R&D manager and one of the leaders behind Dow’s STEM Ambassadors movement. “Through the passion and expertise of Dow scientists, we have a real possibility in building the workforce of tomorrow and transforming STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity.”