Teachers' Imaginations Take Off During Academy Rocket Launch
- July 10, 2008
More than 200 teachers from the region had a blast today, July 9, launching toy rockets during the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Baton Rouge.In the Atrium of the Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center Hotel, teams of teachers worked on various hands-on, problem-solving projects that incorporated math and science.By launching an air rocket with varied air pressure, mass vs. force, teachers like Stephanie Reddoch (first photo, far left) of SharonHillsElementary School, had a little fun while learning new teaching methodologies.She was joined in the effort by teachers from other districts and Justin DeWall (far right), a presenter with The National Science Teachers Association.
Other hands-on projects during the week-long Academy included making miniature rockets using 35mm film canisters and various amounts of Alka-Seltzer and water, as demonstrated by SharonHills librarian Evelyn Auster (second photo, left) and WedgewoodElementary School fifth-grade teacher Rachel Boudreaux.Throughout the South this week, some 600 teachers participated in Academies in Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey.At the local event, 87 teachers from East
Baton Rouge Parish School System participated in the professional development program.
The goal of the program, which was started in 2005 by pro golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife with the help of the National Science Teachers Association, ExxonMobil and Math Solutions, is to help teachers create hands-on lessons that get students excited about math and science.For more information on the Academy, visit www.sendmyteacher.com.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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