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Hoech Middle School Teacher Named National Semifinalist for Science Lab Grant

Amanda Kowalczyk Amanda Kowalczyk, a seventh-grade science teacher at Hoech Middle School, has been named a 2019 semifinalist in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Shell Science Lab Challenge. As a District XI winner for the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska region, Kowalczyk earned a $3,000 grant for science lab improvements at Hoech. She is one of 18 semifinalists nationwide.

The NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge recognize outstanding middle and school programs for their exemplary innovative approaches to science lab instruction using limited school and lab resources.

Kowalcyzk’s classroom is the home of the school’s only science lab. She says the NSTA Shell grant can help expand resources so other students can have greater science learning opportunities.

“My students love hands-on demonstrations and lab experiments,” said Kowalcyzk. “By having science in an actual science lab, we are showing our students that they are truly scientists-in-training; it gives them the full experience, and helps with lab safety in the process.”

Four national finalists will earn a science lab makeover valued at $8,500, and the top winner will be awarded $20,000 for science lab improvements. Finalists and winners will be honored at the NSTA Conference in St. Louis, April 11-14.

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