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Lander teacher receives grant to assist students at science fair

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 6:51 PM CDT
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LANDER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A Fremont County teacher will be awarded $5,000 in a grant designed for students involved in science fairs and activities.

Lander Middle School teacher Cecilie Prine has taught for 20 years and has been a science teacher for seven. She was one of only 66 people in the nation to receive a special grant for science funding.

”Being a part of a really strong science team that has been involved in Wyoming State Fair for about 15 years, I see the importance of this kind of program for students. It really encourages them to work through the scientific process,” emphasized Prine.

The advocacy program grant that Prine applied for last spring is intended to fund and train teachers for science fair competitions nationally. She noted that she has a network of science colleagues from Alaska all the way to Puerto Rico through this national program. The grant is specifically geared at encouraging underprivileged students to join science fair competitions.

”This is such a hands on type of situation when you’re doing a science fair competition. You have to find something that you really care about, that’s important to you, because it is a highly independent project,” noted Prine.  

The funding will be used to buy supplies and materials for display boards, and to build common interests and friendships among students for events like field trips and trips to science fairs.  

 “Seeing them go to local colleges and experience that higher education environment is really amazing, so the whole process has just been awesome to see and to be a part of. I just want to make sure that continues here at our school,” stated Prine.

Online learning options start next week at Lander schools, and Prine has received online resources to help students learn and research their science projects from home.

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