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Where's Your Can-Do Attitude?

children in a gardenForget boring lectures and worksheets — Purdue is helping to bring science to life for elementary, middle and high school students all across Indiana.

In Avon Schools, Purdue has partnered with administrators and teachers through the Indiana Science Initiative for elementary schools.

Purdue instructors provide training and professional development for Avon teachers, who then turn what they have learned into exciting, hands-on lessons for their students.

"This partnership has provided a much-needed and deeper focus on science education in our elementary schools," says Maryanne McMahon, assistant superintendent for Avon Schools. "The focus has increased the opportunities for our elementary students to be exposed to high-level, hands-on science instruction."

McMahon says everyone involved in the program wants to make sure the young students understand how science applies to everything around them — and offer them a chance to explore careers related to science. In other words — encourage students to develop a passion for the sciences.

"We want to inspire the students to embrace the sciences with a can-do attitude," she says.

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