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Peru State teacher candidates host "Brain Quest" math and science exploration for area third graders


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) elementary education teacher candidates recently hosted “Brain Quest,” a day of math and science exploration and activities for third grade students from Auburn, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer, Johnson-Brock, Falls City, and Rockport, Mo.

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The event was directed by Assistant Professor of Education Gina Bittner and Instructor Darolyn Seay. Dozens of volunteers assisted.

Bittner said, “The Spring 2012 Brain Quest event marks our 12th consecutive semester of hosting this fun, hands-on experience for area children. Peru State teacher candidates have been engaged in collaborative planning in anticipation of this culminating event.  Nearly 1,500 area third graders have had an opportunity to participate since we began hosting Brain Quest, and we look forward to bringing many more students to campus in the years to come.” 

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PSC teacher candidates were divided into small groups where they tackled specific math standards, teaching math concepts in fun, engaging, hands-on, interdisciplinary ways. Each group developed a unique name, activities and materials for their sessions.

Seay said, “This is an excellent opportunity for the Peru State School of Education to support teacher candidates as they prepare for teaching in the classroom. It also provides an opportunity to stress the importance of National STEM Standards (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Our teacher candidates benefit from the experience and our neighboring elementary students get to enjoy fun, hands-on activities that enhance their education.”