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Montana teachers go hands-on with STEM

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Six Montana teachers are spending the week studying the physics of flight, what osprey can teach us about the health of an ecosystem and much more, all so they can share that knowledge in the classroom.

The Wings Over Water program is designed to help educators gain hands-on, practical STEM experience that they can share with students later. 

It's a partnership between the University of Montana, the Montana Natural History Center and Raptor View Research

The teachers spent Wednesday afternoon learning about aerodynamics by flying drones near the Clark Fork River. They've also had crash-courses in how GPS technology works and how by studying Osprey, heavy-metal contaminants can be detected. 

The project aims to help these teachers enhance STEM education in their classrooms.

"I think the most important thing is supporting our local Montana gifted teachers. Teaching is a difficult profession. This is the fun sort of culmination of a lot of work already,” said Wings Over Water director Erick Greene. “Bringing these teachers in for this intensive week-long workshop."

The six teachers will have a chance to practice their new lessons in front of SpectrUM summer campers later this week.

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