BANGOR - Over a dozen middle school, high school and college level teachers gathered Wednesday night in Bangor to take part in an energy collaborative.
The University of Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) teams up with rural schools and nonprofits to try and advance the teaching methods and learning of physical science in grades six through nine.
Wednesday night educators participated in an "Energy Theater" acting out key concepts of that division.
"There's a lot of hands on learning that goes on and this is a way that gets the whole class up and moving around, which gets the blood flowing and gets kids interested," Michael Wittmann, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UMaine, says. "It also gets kids talking about science together while they're doing it. It gives a chance for everyone in the class to be involved."
"In some ways it's a different way to teach," Elizabeth Baker, a science teacher at Belfast Area High School, says. "It's a different way for the kids to learn, and this year we're trying to get the students to think of their own ways of figuring out their investigations."
They add group work like this has helped their ways connecting with their students.
Another energy collaborative will be held on the 21st in Ellsworth, and on February 5 Chemistry will be the topic here in Bangor.