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Photo provided by ReNEW Elementary - Emily Roach’s fourth-grade students at the ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy wear special glasses while participating in the free 'Light & Color' science workshop taught by veteran science teacher John Varine.

More than 70 fourth-graders recently participated in “Light & Color,” a science workshop at ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy in New Orleans. The students learned about how light and color are related and how their world is shaped by the light all around them.

The science workshop was presented by veteran science teacher John Varine, courtesy of Pittcon, the world’s premier laboratory science convention. The workshop’s theme was chosen to commemorate 2015 as the International Year of Light.

The ReNEW School event was a preview to Science Week, an outreach program of science education that Pittcon offers in each of the cities where it holds its convention. Pittcon’s Science Week kicks off on March 7 and the official conference is March 8-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

More than 100 teachers will join science workshops that offer them continuing education as well as supplies to implement the demonstrated activities in their own classrooms.

Students can attend workshops on “Chromatography: Coloring With Science” to “Learning Science Through Toys” and hands-on science lectures and demonstrations. Teachers participating in Science Week teacher workshops qualify for science grants.

Pittcon last met in Louisiana in 2008, when the conference made a 2007 contribution of $100,000 for science equipment and supplies for six high schools affected by Hurricane Katrina and an additional $120,000 in equipment in 2008 through grants to teachers who attended the conference’s Science Week activities. This year, Pittcon anticipates to donate tens of thousands of dollars to New Orleans-area science programs and schools.

There is no charge to the school for the student programs. However, there is a $25 fee for teacher workshops.

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