Hampden students learn a new way

7:24 PM, Feb 9, 2012   |    comments
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HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Here in the pine tree state,  there is a new program to get kids more interested in careers in science and math.

You can see proof that program is working when you visit Lori Matthews 8th grade science class at Reeds Brook Middle School.

Students are happy to show off the model propeller cars they've designed and built. While they were tinkering with those cars they learned about concepts such as motion, gravity, friction and force.

The program making this all possible is called the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership.  About 1400 middle school students from 11 schools in four counties are involved.  It's purpose is to help redesign the curriculum to make learning more exciting and challenging.


Matthews the 8th grade science teacher said, " They can't wait to get here and get their cars out play with them and tweak them and fix them and make them go fast or far or what ever we are working on that day. We still have reading we still have the book with the force in motion that we stop and talk about but they can immediately actively engage on that concept and do that concept and that's been the most wonderful part to see them get excited about that. "

Matthews is one of 23 teachers in the program. Its funded through a 12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Schools in 4 Maine counties are taking part in the unique partnership.


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