Eleven budding science instructors at the University of Wyoming will travel across the state next semester to get hands-on, student-teaching experience.

The program is part of associate professor Andrea Burrows’ science methods class, according to a university press release. The students also each created a “science learning center” for middle school students. Each project was based on a misconception in science, like how genes work or a mountain is formed.

“The whole idea of a learning center is that the students are teaching themselves this information instead of you standing up front and talking,” Danielle Larson said in the release. Larson will work as a student teacher at Cheyenne East High next semester.

Other schools that will host student teachers include Laramie High School, Sage Valley Junior High in Gillette, and the UW Lab School.

All of the students in the class are obtaining some form of certification in secondary science. Each of the students all hope to be teaching science full time next year, according to the release.

“Part of what we do in this class is to try to create experiences for them to showcase their knowledge, but also get experience with what works and what doesn’t work,” Burrows said in the release.

The university previously announced an augmented reality training program for teachers-to-be. Students at UW would face a camera or wear a virtual reality headset and teach a classroom of digital students, who are controlled by an off-site actor.

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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