Elementary education students present at CAST/STAT conference

Posted December 15, 2011

Five students from ACU's Department of Teacher Education recently helped lead a workshop session at the Conference for Advancement of Science Teaching/Science Teachers Association of Texas annual conference in Dallas. Olivia Noland, Jessica Varner, Melanie Catteau, Mariah Shultz and Kristi Damon presented "out of the box" physical science experiments designed for grades K-6.

The CAST/STAT conference was a unique learning opportunity for the undergraduates. "This was the first professional presentation of my college career," says Jessica Varner, junior from Abilene. "We were thrown into this experience, but it was amazing."

The students were encouraged by the audience's interest in their experiments. Olivia Noland, junior from Flower Mound, says, "I enjoyed presenting to an engaged audience. As an undergraduate, it was encouraging for teachers in the field to express interest in my presentation and explain how they would use my experiment in their classrooms." Melanie Catteau, a junior from Denison, says she was surprised by the "genuine interest" the teachers took in her work.

In addition to their presentations, the students attended workshops and exhibits, gathering information that will help them in their future teaching careers. To read more about the CAST/STAT conference, visit here.