Wagoner High School special education science teacher Lance Doss in April was named a national finalist in the second annual Shell Science Lab Challenge, by the Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
The competition asked teachers in grades 6-12 in the U.S. and Canada to share their innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources. A panel of science educators reviewed and selected the top entries.
Doss was among four national finalists selected to receive a science lab makeover support package for their school valued at $8,500.
“These science teachers have implemented truly remarkable science programs, providing quality lab experiences for their students with very little resources,” said Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director, NSTA. “We commend the winners of the Shell Science Lab Challenge for their creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to their students.”
According to the entry: “Doss strives to make science class a hands-on endeavor for his special education students. His students learn science skills relevant to everyday life through classroom activities and lessons, preparing them to be as independent as possible. With no lab of his own, Doss borrows equipment from colleagues teaching general science education when he can. He hopes to create a lab within his special education classroom that allows for more differentiation of lessons to meet the needs of his students whose disabilities span a wide range.”
Read a Wagoner Tribune story on Doss.