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May 10, 2012

Wagoner science teacher earns lab makeover

High school science lab renovation, other prizes worth $8,500

Wagoner High School science teacher Lance Doss says he knows how to do a lot with a little.

It was this knack that helped him win a science lab makeover and other prizes, valued at $8,500.

Doss, in his sixth year at WHS, was one of four national finalists selected in the second year of the Shell Science Lab Challenge. The competition encourages teachers in the United States and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches.

A Shell media release said 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,” the release said.

Doss said he’s excited about getting the prize from the Shell Oil Company.

“I applied for the challenge back in the fall,” Doss said.

Doss said he borrows from other science classrooms, “and I try to get freebies from the community.”

“For example, when we were growing beans, I got cups from a Sonic here in town,” he said.

Doss said 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.

Doss’ $8,500 science package includes a $3,000 Shell cash grant, $3,000 in donated lab equipment, $1,000 in National Science Teacher Association.

Doss said he also received an expense-paid trip to an NTSA spring gathering last March in Indianapolis.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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