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DALLAS -- Teachers and families were the focus of the ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo, held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festival-style event featured 14 science booths featuring hands-on activities for students in preschool to junior high, and were aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards, according to one of the program's sponsor, the ExxonMobil Foundation.
In addition, teachers and home school parents could receive four hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), TEEAC credit and a curriculum CD-ROM covering the day's activities and classroom extensions, for a $10 registration fee.
"Programs such as Science Day at the Zoo offer a unique opportunity for teachers to continue their professional development and receive additional classroom resources to help make science more fun and engaging for students," Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil Foundation, said in a statement. "We are proud to continue our partnership with the Dallas Zoo and support North Texas teachers."
Participation at the activity stations and map stamps were free with zoo admission, and visitors would receive stamps for participating at each station, to be later redeemed for prizes.
"This is a fun way to remind people that everyone is a scientist," Cynthia Bennett, Ph.D., curator of conservation education and science at the Dallas Zoo, said in a statement. "We look for ways to engage children and families and get them thinking about how things actually happen."
Other event sponsors include the Dallas Zoo; the Trinity River Audubon Center; City of Dallas Storm Water Management; the Museum of Nature and Science; City of Dallas Water Utilities; Texas Discovery Gardens; Dallas Sanitation Services; Wildcare; North Texas Master Naturalists; and the Office of Environmental Quality.
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