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Local teachers become students to learn more about science and technology

By HILARY LANE

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local teachers are playing the role of students in a two-day training seminar beginning Tuesday at Oneida County BOCES in New Hartford.

Principals from close to 20 area schools each selected two teachers to participate in the High Tech University program, which introduces teachers to hands-on activities and lessons they can bring back to the classroom to spark interest in the fields of science and technology.

This is the first time this program has come to the Mohawk Valley, but has already been taught downstate and in Albany.

Representatives from the program said the course is especially relevant because of the growing field of nanotechnology in the area.

"Teachers are not only going to participating themselves, but they are working in teams," said Lisa Anderson, High Tech University Organizer. "We want them to know what it feels like in the work environment, so they can teach their students."

This program was brought to Oneida County thanks to funds from the Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente's Office and the Community Foundation.

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