University hosts teacher training program

Jan. 13, 2010 - A 40-foot, fully customized mobile learning machine visited campus Jan. 11-12, 2010. The Connecticut BioBus, outfitted with the latest in bioscience equipment and technology, prepared about two dozen elementary, middle and high school teachers from across the state for a visit to their schools this academic year.

"Ultimately, we want teachers to feel more empowered to bring quality hands-on science into their classrooms," said Kerry Donahue, senior staff scientist at Connecticut United for Research Excellence, within which BioScience Explorations is an educational outreach program.

Approximately two dozen additional teachers were trained for BioConnection, an equipment loan program that is part of Connecticut United for Research Excellence. The materials are intended for students in grades four through 12.

"It's great for the University to support this type of activity," said Donald Webb, director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning. "We do anything we can to support the advancement of learning."

The BioBus, which visits schools free of charge, requires an investment of time and effort by teachers and the school. The investment of time includes teacher training, which this visit will satisfy. The BioBus program prepares the participating teachers and schools for the bus' visit as well increase the teacher's knowledge of the subject matter, Donahue said.

For more information about the BioBus, please visit bioscienceexplorations.org.