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Jefferson County teacher takes students to "new heights"

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Middle schoolers took their learning to a higher level Thursday.

They're taking a break from the textbooks, and using their creativity to make science projects helping them learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

"He never makes us use books, hardly," said one student.

In Tim Blair's science class at Spring Garden Middle School, it's all about hands on learning.

"We had limited supplies and only had two days to make it," said another student.

They made egg parachutes, hoping the creations will keep their egg from cracking after being dropped more than 40 feet from a bucket truck.

"Anytime you can put fun in science class, we definitely want to do that because you want the kids coming to class ready to do something," said Spring Garden Science Teacher Tim Blair.

One reason Mr. Blair was just recognized as one of the top science teachers in the state, but that's not all, he commutes more than two hours a day and has another job.

"Oh yeah, school bus driver, I have two jobs here," added Blair.

As the whole school watched, their science teacher and bus driver tested out their projects.

It's not all just fun and games, every project Mr. Blair's class makes involves Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM.

"I always tell them the main part, the engineering part you can do for life. So if you like building things and seeing if they're going to break you can make a lot of money off that," added Blair.

A win win for students learning valuable skills, all while having a little fun.

"It's also fun as a teacher when you come to school and realize you're not just going to read out of a book and tell them this or that," added Blair.

Something his students definitely appreciate, too.

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