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Get in the Act! charges up Truckee Elementary’s fourth-graders

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Courtesy photoMs. Robb's fourth-grade students build a simple circuit and reveal some unexpected guests.

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Led by Teaching Artist Diane Handzel, more than 90 fourth-graders at Truckee Elementary School discovered and examined key electricity concepts through Get in the Act!’s Science Theater program. Each lesson explored an intriguing science question through demonstration and guided-inquiry; these brought students to the stage to model and understand the concept.

Students used investigative dramatizations to discover concepts such as the relationship between electricity and magnetism, the different forms of energy and movement of atoms, and ways to conserve energy in their daily lives.

Student response to Science Theater was overwhelmingly positive as fourth graders proclaimed,

“I liked how Science Theater helped me understand atoms!”

“I liked how the science question was put into a theater scene. It made learning fun!”

“Thank you Miss Diane! You make science come alive and easier to understand.”

Ms. Prisco, Ms. Robb and Ms. Ford were the participating classroom teachers for this October-November 2012 program. Ms. Prisco added, “Science Theater is a unique and exciting way to teach science curriculum. I am certain the students will remember the experience as well as the content.”

This program was made possible with support from the Truckee Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, California Arts Council, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and El Dorado Community Foundation.

Get in the Act! sincerely thanks all for their support. For more information, contact Gary Handzel at 775-588-8614 or visit

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