Teacher candidates from Peru State College celebrate another successful Brain Quest

Teacher candidates from Peru State College celebrate another successful Brain Quest

Peru, Nebraska – 227 third graders visited Peru State College’s annual Brain Quest. The attending students came from Chandler View (part of OPS located in Bellevue) and Hayward Elementary (Nebraska City) to participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

Seventeen methods block teacher candidates planned and prepared the unique events. The teacher candidates worked under the leadership of Dr. Darolyn Seay, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Gina Bittner, associate professor of education.

The students are bundled up for cold weather.

Jillian Karl (Nebraska City, NE) high fives students entering TJ Majors.

Remington Beckner (Morrill, KS) commented, “Brain Quest was such a valuable experience for myself and all my fellow classmates. It reminded us of all the ups and downs a classroom can have and to always smile and be prepared for whatever is thrown your way.”

Seay described Brain Quest and the impact it has on both third grade students and Peru State’s teacher candidates, “It is such a pleasure working with our teacher candidates, allowing them to have such an enjoyable and meaningful experience working with our partners.”

The cow is behind a temporary fence from the students. The student is able to pet the cow.

Megan Bergmeir (Auburn, NE) introduces students to a cow as part of a lesson on dairy and churning butter.

“This event focuses on providing third grade students with the opportunity to explore STEM related hands-on activities. The day has proven to be a high-impact event supporting community engagement, and lots of fun for all!” ​

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Alexa Cline contributed to this release.