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Transitional Studies Instructors Participate in Professional Development Exercise

Transitional Studies instructors Sissy Grubbs (left) and Emma Haggins work to determine the pH levels of various liquids as part of a professional development exercise they participated in earlier this month.

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

WINTERVILLE—A group of Pitt Community College Transitional Studies instructors participated in a professional development activity this month to gain insight on science education.

On Jan. 5, PCC biology instructor Samantha Chauncey led a pair of training seminars that she developed—one on life sciences and another on physical sciences—for her fellow employees.

“These professional development seminars were in response to the Transitional Studies Department’s efforts to bring conceptual, hands-on, career-focused science to their instructors and students,” Chauncey said. “They were also part of the PCC Science Department’s efforts to bring quality science education to the community.”

According to Chauncey, the life sciences session focused on key concepts in biology and ecology. It featured a plant scavenger hunt activity, plant dissections and the construction of a living food web, she said.

The physical sciences seminar, Chauncey said, centered on the fundamentals of chemistry and physical science. She said participants conducted a full laboratory experiment using common household chemicals to learn more about pH, water and respiration.

“These hands-on activities help students find relevance in science and develop the scientific literacy they need to succeed on high school equivalency exams and in college science classes,” Chauncey said. “They also open the door to career paths and degree opportunities in lucrative fields, such as resource management and environmental health.”

Chauncey says it is important for science educators to make every lesson relevant and engaging for students.

“Don't tell them; show them,” she said.