In New Jersey, teachers are working to excite students about science through hands-on lessons that are designed to be challenging and engaging. In one lesson, third-graders built roller coasters as part of a competition that also taught lessons in gravity and friction. "What we're finding in most classrooms right now is that science is being taught as vocabulary," said Augusto Macalalag Jr., an assistant director of Stevens' Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education. "That's problematic because kids lose interest and they lose their creative and innovative capacity."
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