Middle school science teacher Jamie Drury works beyond the textbook to educate her students

Posted at 1:23 PM, Dec 16, 2016

Chicken wings are good to eat.

They also make good science experiments.

The students in Jamie Drury's science class at Middle River Middle School aren't chowing down on the wings. They're dissecting them to learn more about muscles, tendons and blood vessels.

"The kids learn better when its hands on," said Drury.

It's important to Drury to do experiments like this to keep the kids engaged and for them to see how science works, not just read about it.

"Science is fun, it's hands on, it relates to the real world," Drury said. "I know reading and math are very important but we're trying to get our kids in the science careers."

"She's like a happy, fun teacher, not a boring teacher," said Logan Stewart, an eighth grader at Middle River Middle School. "We don't just sit there, we do experiments instead of reading stuff out of a book."

When she's not teaching biology, astronomy or chemistry, Drury is working toward making the middle school a "green school." She's the facilitator, the students are the leaders. They must come up with recycling and green projects to get their certification.

Drury knows science is a tough subject, which is why she strives to make each and every class as interactive as possible.

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