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Texaco Press Release - Early Childhood Hands-On Science Provides an Innovative Gateway

Hands-On Science for Youngsters Can Have Lasting Effect

FOR RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2000.

BERKELEY, Calif., August 2 - The Texaco Foundation convened educators representing 13 museums and educational institutions at the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at the University of California at Berkeley to assess the role of science in education reform and to share ideas for early childhood science programs. The Texaco Touch Science/LHS Conference 2000 focused on literacy development through science learning as well as the importance of sustaining interactive science programs in an age of increased educational accountability and assessment.

The event, held July 10-12, hosted education directors and staff members from organizations supported by the Texaco Foundation's Touch Science grants, as well as representatives of the school systems they serve. Texaco's signature giving program, Touch Science: Hands-on Learning for Kids and Communities emphasizes early childhood education through collaborations with informal science institutions and school districts that increase interactive science learning programs for children.

"The Texaco Foundation understands the need for a diverse and talented pool of math and science students in today's workforce. By encouraging imaginative hands-on science programs in the early years, we hope to capture young children's interest and facilitate a lifelong appreciation of science," said Anne T. Dowling, Texaco Foundation President.

The Texaco Touch Science LHS Conference, which was facilitated by the Lawrence Hall of Science with funding from the Texaco Foundation, gave grantees the opportunity to discuss innovative practices and explore creative curriculum changes that engage students in hands-on science learning. Participants also emphasized the connections between hands-on science learning and literacy development and substantiated their inter-dependence in helping children learn.

"It is an enormous pleasure and a great learning experience to again host representatives of the Texaco Touch Science programs, and in particular this year to share ideas about key issues of fostering literacy through science and building projects that can be sustained over time," said Jacqueline Barber, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science.

A list of conference participants and affiliations is attached.

CALIFORNIA
Roberta Dean
Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkeley, CA
Rick MacPherson
Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkely, CA
Anne Santer
Kern County Superintendent
Bakersfield, CA
Brad Verrell
Mathematics and Science Coordinator
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Bakersfield, CA
COLORADO
Wendy Hanophy
Colorado Division of Wildlife
Denver, CO
Matt Herbert
Denver Zoo
Denver, CO
LOUISIANA
Wanda Shedd
William Frantz Elementary School
New Orleans, LA
Lisa Spardel
Director
Louisiana Nature Center
New Orleans, LA
NEW YORK
Don Cook
Director, Bank Street/Tiorati Workshop
New York, NY
Kathleen Gilmore
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Vernon, NY
Preeti Gupta
Manager of Science Programs
New York Hall of Science
New York, NY
Jane Kloecker
Director of Science and Nature Programs
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
Frank Signorello
School Programs Supervisor
New York Hall of Science
New York, NY
Barbara Sprung
Co-Director
Educational Equity Concepts
New York, NY
Ellen Wahl
Director of Youth Programs
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
TEXAS
Lisa Cuccia
Education Program Manager
Friends of Hermann Park
Houston, TX
Rachele Decker
Education Director
Friends of Hermann Park
Houston, TX
Charlotte Haynes
Director, HU-LINC
The Children's Museum of Houston
Houston, TX
Misti Hopper
Education Coordinator
Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum
Museum of the Southwest
Midland, TX
Angela Scott
Director of Project Development
The Children's Museum of Houston
Houston, TX
Genoveva Torres
Parent Stars Coordinator
The Children's Museum of Houston
Houston, TX
Jakki Warren
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston, TX
Karen Winkler
Curator/Director
Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum
Museum of the Southwest
Midland, TX
WASHINGTON, DC
Suzanne Davis
Education Specialist
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC
Faith Deering-Thayer
Museum Specialist
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC
Shirley McBay
President
Quality Education for Minorities Network
Washington, DC
Laura McKie
Assistant Director for Education
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

Updated: August 2000