This summer, last year's Lawrence Award recipient and Upper School Science teacher Jennifer Landry (right) attended the 5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo in Denver. The Lawrence Award provides funds for faculty enrichment. The conference, hosted by the National Science Teachers Association, "brings together (informal and formal) educators and representatives from exhibiting companies who are interested in, and who have tools and resources to share that will ensure successful implementation of STEM education into our schools and communities. It is intended to provide resources for educators and organizations seeking to learn more about STEM education, associated outreach programs, partnerships, schools, and curricula," states their website.
Mrs. Landry was impressed most by her introduction to a miniPCR machine (a machine commonly used to amplify segments of DNA via the polymerase chain reaction): "I had the chance to go to a seminar led by the maker of these miniPCR machines ... that are more student friendly than any I have used before. The results were great, no harmful chemicals were used, and their machine allowed us to take a picture of the DNA gel with our cell phone. I have definitely added to my classroom wish list since attending this conference!"
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