Science theater delivers adventure in learning for Truckee Elementary |

Science theater delivers adventure in learning for Truckee Elementary

Gary Handzel
Special to the Sun
Truckee Elementary second- and third-grade students participate in Science Theater.
Courtesy photo |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Get in the Act’s Science Theater Program used the joy and imagination of the performing arts to enrich science learning for Truckee Elementary School students in April 2014. Because students dramatized science questions in memorable scenes, they learned and retained the science content associated with those scenes.

To illustrate, Truckee’s kindergarten explored “The Plant Life Cycle.” Afterward, teacher Sara Kuttel commented “students naturally want to act … Science Theater gives them a wonderful opportunity to indulge in drama and dive into the needs and uses of plants.”

Third-grade teacher Katie Bowden remarked after her students’ investigation of “Force and Motion,” “Science Theater is an interesting and dynamic way to learn next generation science standards!”

Science Theater is led by teaching artist Diane Handzel, who has served Truckee and North Tahoe students with in-school, after-school and summer camp programming since 2001. This second year of lessons at Truckee Elementary also included student experiences in air and weather, the solar system, and rocks, soil and minerals. Since 2009, Science Theater has reached more than 6,000 students in seven school districts in California, Nevada and Arkansas.

Get in the Act extends special thanks to Principal Valerie Simpson, Science Enrichment Coordinator Carolyn Stewart and all the teachers and staff at Truckee Elementary for making Science Theater come alive!

For more information please contact Gary Handzel at or call 775-588-8614.

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