Science Institute for Educators workshops held at Great Lakes Aquarium

Educators from all types of classrooms discuss education techniques

DULUTH, Minn. – The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth is helping educators of all kinds learn from one another. The aquarium is hosting a series of workshops called the “Science Institute for Educators.” School teachers, park naturalists, zoo keepers and more all come together to meet each other and share what they know.

“What works in a pre–k room, versus what works at a college level, and everything in between, from formal and informal classes; many of those basic great principles that are good for people to learn, are good everywhere,” Great Lakes Aquarium’s Samantha Smingler said. “So, it’s wonderful that we have such a diversity of folks that come together.”

Tuesday’s presentation was put on by the Autism Society of Minnesota. They discussed the different ways children and adults living with autism handle learning and educational environments.

“There’s a huge range of what it means to be on the autism spectrum” education specialist Lucas Scott said. “So, by trying to understand that, and getting to know each person’s individual needs, best helps them.”

The next session, Citizen Science, takes place on Oct. 10.

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