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6/11/15 - Inquiry-based science in focus for teachers at Mississippi State

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, 18 middle and high school science teachers from the Golden Triangle are at Mississippi State this week for the Creative Science Through Inquiry (CSI: Mississippi) workshop -- a major education initiative of the Mississippi Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Usually referred to by the acronym EPSCoR, the Mississippi State-based program identifies, develops and deploys academic science and technology to increase the state's research and development competitiveness and foster economic growth.

CSI: Mississippi 2015 is introducing the teachers to forensic science as a method of teaching fundamental science skills and concepts to their students.

"This workshop is designed to give teachers the tools they need to successfully bring science inquiry into their classrooms in an exciting and engaging way," said Katie Echols, EPSCoR's education and outreach coordinator.

"Inquiry-related science learning fosters conceptual understanding, critical thinking and a positive attitude toward science," she said.

Inspired in part by the CBS television drama, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the June 8-19 workshop is built around the State of Mississippi's science curriculum, and incorporates biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, mathematics, technology, writing and more into an inquiry- and laboratory-based curriculum.

Contact Echols at or 662-325-8904 to learn more about the teacher workshop.

For more information about Mississippi EPSCoR, visit

Jim Laird | Public Affairs

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