For Immediate Release
Date: Sept. 27, 2019
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations
Bloomsburg University to host Science in Motion program
BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has been awarded more than $100,000 in funding to bring the Science in Motion (SIM) program to BU.
The funding for SIM comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and brings science education to school districts in the northcentral part of the state at no cost. SIM allows science teachers within the service area to borrow equipment and materials for specific experiments which fit into their curriculum. At BU, the program will be a joint effort between the College of Education and the College of Science and Technology, expanding out-of-classroom experiences to train and educate BU students.
The SIM program allows schools throughout the region to run more advanced, technology-rich experiences without the cost of purchasing the equipment. The program already has a list of established experiments and the equipment available. Last year more than 4,500 students were impacted by the SIM program in this part of the state. Area schools can also request the help of a mobile educator to assist teachers in instructing students on experiments.
Along with the funding, SIM comes with two mobile-education vans for transport of materials to and from schools and programming sites. It also brings numerous resources in the form of equipment and materials for hands-on education in the STEM fields of biology, chemistry, and physics. These are available for any outreach project the university coordinates in the community to support STEM education efforts.
At BU, coordinating the program will be Kate Beishline, the Jessica S. and Stephen R. Kozloff Faculty Fellow, from the College of Science and Technology; Kim Bolig, Regional STEM Education Center director, from the College of Education; and Greg Zimmerman, chair of the chemistry department, in the College of Science and Technology.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.