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by Katie Lange

Incorporating science into the classroom


St. Paul (KTTC) -- Science is becoming a big hit in some Rochester schools. Monday afternoon Senator Carla Nelson hosted an event at the State Capitol to spread the word about integrating science education into the classroom.

It's a collaboration between scientists at Mayo Clinic, Winona State University and three Rochester Public Schools including Franklin, Lincoln and Kellogg.

Mayo scientists are teaching instructors about science and how they can incorporate it into the classroom, with the help of Mayo.

Currently the program is only being offered at key locations in Rochester. Senator Nelson is hoping to spread the word about the program and how the entire state could benefit from it.

Students we spoke with enjoy learning about science.

"In February, we did this Zebra Fish project.  We had a bunch of Zebra Fish embryos and then we got to record our observations and look at them through a microscope," said Serena Shah, a Kellogg student.

"It was fun because we didn't have to read out of the textbook the whole time and it wasn't all tests. You got to observe the Zebra Fish," said John Dougherty, a student at Kellogg.

A Mayo scientist told us the program is being funded through many outlets, including grants and professional development dollars from the Rochester school district.

We're told math and science scores have risen quite dramatically at Lincoln, since the program was implemented.

Winona State University is also a key component in the program because of their knowledge about reformatting science education.


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