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May 25, 2010

'Scientists in the Classroom' bring learning to elementary school

Amie Newsome
Amie Newsome, center, in full bee costume, teaches third graders at West Smithfield Elementary School about insects as part of a school science activity. (Photo by Marc Hall, N.C. State University Communication Services)

Third graders at West Smithfield Elementary School were all abuzz recently over the opportunity to take their classroom outdoors to study plants, insects and soils. And N.C. Cooperative Extension agent Amie Newsome dressed in a bee costume was the center of attention, as she shared information about insects with the eager students.

Newsome and four other local extension and conservation professionals were on hand for some serious science lessons, all conducted outdoors, using hands-on learning activities. The Scientists in the Classroom program is like an on-campus field trip to help students learn, according to school parent and program coordinator Paula Woodall.

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Posted by Natalie at May 25, 2010 11:47 AM