By: Sr. Bernadette McManigal
The new school year is fast approaching. Teachers and principals are scrambling to make sure that their schools are picture-perfect before the students return for the 2010-2011 academic year. But at a few schools, an extra surprise awaits students.
St. Luke, Nativity, St. Ann, St. Charles and Our Lady of Hope schools will all be implementing the LabLearner program this year.
What is LabLearner?
It is an incredible science program that gives students the opportunity not only to learn science, but to experience it.“LabLearner is a 100% hands-on system of PreK-8 science education that includes a fully equipped in-school laboratory, complete curriculum including all assessments, and teacher professional development. Everything students learn about science with LabLearner, they learn through hands-on experiences – everything!” ~LabLearner Website
I had an opportunity to see a LabLearner demonstration in the spring.
A fourth grader walked confidently past me during the course of the demonstration. She was wearing a spotless white lab coat and goggles. She explained to me that she was wearing this apparel not only for safety but “because we’re all scientists when we are in here.” I am excited to see this mentality fostered in our schools by the LabLearner program.
I hope you will join me in eager anticipation as this program is launched in these schools. With support and encouragement I am sure it will be a success.