Grant will help students focus on learning

By WEEK Producer

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local science teacher said the subject is best understood by conducting experiments, but old and faulty equipment makes it challenging.

Carlie Kaufmann teaches Junior High Science and Math at Concordia Lutheran School. She believes hands-on teaching is best.

"She always works so hard to make it fun for us, we do a lot of different things and experiments," said 8th grader, Taylor Rudin.

But her limited science budget makes buying the expensive supplies difficult.

"We look at different muscle tissues, all types of different cells, last week we were looking at our hair to see smooth and course hair," said Science Teacher Carlie Kaufmann.

With the $1,000 grant from HOI-19 and CEFCU, Kaufmann said what she needs most is new microscopes.

Many times students have to call her over during lessons to tell her they can't get the old microscopes to focus. The grant should allow her to buy about eight new ones, that turn on and focus.

"This is just going to bring so much life to the classroom, and for the kids to really understand instead of looking at pictures in books," said Kaufman..

Kaufmann hopes to instill a love of learning at a young age, and believes this will help.

"I'm really hoping that by planting the seed in the junior high years that they're going to really get excited about Science and not be intimidated by it when they go to high school and college," said Kaufmann.