Marathon to educate educators

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

Elementary teachers will have the chance to play with some “TOYS” — for a good cause.

Marathon Petroleum Company LLC will be hosting its annual elementary teacher workshop,

“Teaching Our Youth Science,” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 to 16 at Marathon’s Catlettsburg Refinery training center.

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The two weeks of free sessions will focus on physics and chemistry but in a less-than-conventional manner.

“It is a train-the-trainer type program to show teachers how to teach science using toys and household items,” said Dianne Clement, advanced community relations representative for Marathon. “They may take a paper towel holder and make a kaleidoscope. … They may study linear motion using Matchbox cars and plastic track.”

Teachers will not go home empty-handed either. In addition to taking home the supplies needed to recreate the lessons in their own classrooms, participants will earn two graduate hours from Miami University. The college is providing the instructors for the course that is open to 30 teachers.

“This is open to teachers across the Tri-State,” Clement said. “We want someone in every school district to participate.”

Anyone interested in participating can contact Clement at (888) 927-3300 or (606) 921-2004. The opening will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.