Alabama Science in Motion
The Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM) Program is a visionary educational program established in 1994 by the Alabama Legislature. Learning science requires an understanding of the scientific method which is acquired through "hands-on," "minds-on," laboratory activity. Equipment, knowledge of the discipline, preparation time, and motivation are essential elements of an effective laboratory program. ASIM is a network of resources designed to provide the equipment, discipline training, and preparation support needed to run an effective secondary science laboratory program.
Alabama is divided geographically into 11 inservice areas. The areas are served by the Regional Inservice Centers housed at universities. These universities also house an ASIM site which disseminates equipment and support in two of the three major high school science disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics. Certified secondary science instructors are ready to bring $100,000 worth of equipment into your classrooms for science laboratory activities. TSU is the largest of all the Inservice districts covering approximately 7,700 square miles.
ASIM also incorporates a strong teacher-training component. Each site provides 10 days of teacher training. Summer training is designed to update and strengthen content, knowledge, to familiarize teachers with the use and operation of ASIM equipment, and to model teaching strategies that are successful with a broad range of students. Follow-up workshops during the school year allow teachers to "fine tune" their knowledge and to share suggestions and experiences from the classroom. Initially, the van operator might lead the laboratory activity. The ultimate objective is for the teacher to lead the lab, or for the van operator and teacher to team-teach the lab.
The Alabama Science in Motion van is equipped to bring the science laboratory to the student.