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Malden teacher takes hands-on approach to learning

MALDEN — In Michael Hansen’s sixth-grade science class, the wheels are turning. Big wheels in 12-year-old heads are figuring out climate change, measuring the shift in the earth’s tectonic plates, and discovering that they too can take photos of the solar system.

Getting students to think on their own and realize that science is all around them is what makes Hansen’s methods of using real tools and data — the same as professional scientists — stand out.

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