BDN notes Laatsch role in Science Teacher Academy

The Bangor Daily News noted that Shawn Laatsch, director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center at the University of Maine, will assist with the Maine Discovery Museum’s pilot of the Science Teacher Academy, a federally funded pilot program for kindergarten through fifth grade teachers. In the introductory conference on Monday, Laatsch gave teachers ideas on how to incorporate next year’s total solar eclipse into classroom lessons and showed them how to build tools to view the eclipse safely with shoeboxes. Hands-on lesson ideas from Laatsch also included how to teach students what causes the moon phases using styrofoam balls and a flashlight.