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Hands-on Science with Low-Cost Materials

Under resource constraints, science teachers often feel limited to sketching on the blackboard. Through our work with junior and senior high school teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa, we have developed hundreds of science activities using low-cost, locally available materials. In this session, we will showcase several of our most popular activities, allowing participants to see science come to life using such everyday materials as food, flower petals, and water bottles.

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  1. Participants believe that conducting hands-on activities is possible using everyday materials.
  2. Participants become aware of the innovative activities being developed by teachers in the developing world.
  3. Participants learn at least one activity they feel comfortable replicating on their own.



Heather Beem, CEO & Co-Founder, Practical Education Network

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