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Delta Education Receives PSTA Leadership in Science Education Award

Aimée Lyon, FOSS Consultant
March 13, 2008 | Science News

Top image: Tom Guetling accepts the leadership in science education award on behalf of Delta Education from PSTA President Bill Ayers.

Delta Education received the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) Leadership in Science Education Award for 2007. Tom Guetling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, accepted the award on behalf of Delta Education at the PSTA Annual Awards Banquet at the PSTA Convention this past December in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Delta was recognized for its involvement in classrooms, college programs, and professional development opportunities and for having a large impact on science education specifically in the elementary classroom. A nomination letter praised Delta as follows,

Delta Education has taken the road less traveled in providing science education resources to the masses. Instead of profits and dividends being the main force of their motivation, they have committed to research-based initiatives that are supported by data on how students learn best.

Guetling's response to the award was to praise the people in the banquet room (which included teachers, administrators, PSTA committee members, and other attendees) as the true leaders in science education and described Delta Education as a mere supporter of their efforts. Delta is well known for supporting PSTA by providing workshop presenters, guest speakers, and financial contributions.

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Particpants in the Earth History Workshop added events in Pennslavania's geological history to their timescales.

Several FOSS modules and courses were highlighted at this year's convention, which carried the theme Science Sparks the Next Generation. Sue Jagoda, FOSS developer, and Helen Weber, FOSS consultant, led three workshops focusing on the FOSS Earth Science Strand with selected investigations from the Pebbles, Sand, and Silt; Earth Materials; and Landforms Modules, as well as the Earth History Course for middle school.

Participants engaged in grade-appropriate FOSS investigations to experience how the Earth Science content builds through the K–8 curriculum. They learned that children use the same scientific thinking processes as geologists when they encounter a new rock, although with different focus at different times in their cognitive development. During the Earth History workshop (FOSS Earth History: Grand Canyon to Pennsylvania), participants considered how to encourage students in investigating the processes and rocks that have formed the Grand Canyon to discover clues that reveal Earth's history. Participants also began to make connections to the rocks and processes that have created Pennsylvania's geological environment.

Bill Metz, another FOSS consultant, presented the Chemical Interactions Course. Participants received an overview of the course and were involved with several hands-on investigations.

For more information about PSTA and its activities, check out the association's website at www.pascience.org.

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The salol investigation from the FOSS Earth History Course provided an oppurtunity for inquiry for these participants.