Independent Tribune | Educators soak up science at Research Campus

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Educators from across North Carolina got hands on in the labs at the N.C. Research Campus and at several other area businesses Monday during the Fourth Annual STEM Industry Day sponsored by N.C. New Schools.

“The notion is to bring educators to places that are conducting research, preferably like it is here (at the N.C. Research Campus), cutting-edge research to give them a sense of what they are preparing students for and also what are a range of career options,” said Robin Marcus, one of the leaders for N.C. New Schools.

They are learning what education is required for certain careers and why some of the things are being taught in high school, such as slope in algebra, Marcus said during an interview while a group of teachers and administrators were working with representatives from the Cabarrus Health Alliance on a healthy meal choices exercise.

N.C. New Schools is a professional services agency that focuses on developing high-performing schools and school districts through innovative approaches to teacher and administrator training.
“We’ve also talked with college interns who are here and asked them what they wished they had learned in high school. One of the students said ‘I wish I had been pushed harder. I wish I had been asked bigger questions.’ I think it’s important for educators to hear that,” Marcus said.

More than 125 educators participated in Monday’s activities, including the Duplin County Schools superintendent and educators from every part of the state…

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