Alabama Science in Motion



Goals of Project

  • To increase student interest and participation in science courses and science careers.
  • To ensure equal opportunity to learn for rural and poorer school systems in Alabama by providing access to modern technology.
  • To enhance science teacher’s ability to provide challenging and stimulating instruction to all students through curriculum development and staff development opportunities.
  • To establish a teacher network among high school science teachers and between high school teachers and Athens State University faculty.

In May of 1994, the Alabama State Legislature appropriated 1.97 million dollars to establish the Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM) program to provide significant laboratory experiences for all students enrolled in high school biology, chemistry, and physics classes.  There are now eleven ASIM sites in Alabama and each is housed at one of the eleven regional in-service centers throughout the state.  The Athens State ASIM site has three specialists and three vans (one each for biology, chemistry, and physics) and each van is equipped with over $90,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment.  The vans are driven by the specialists who are certified science teachers with extensive classroom experience.



Rochelle Biffle
AMSTI-ASIM Secondary Science Specialist
AMSTI Building 1115-A Hwy 31 South
Jennifer Burgreen
Alabama Science in Motion Biology Materials Assistant, Part-time
Carrie Lin
AMSTI Director / ASIM Principal Investigator
AMSTI Building 1115-A Hwy 31 South
Sara Lowman
Alabama Science-in-Motion Biology Specialist
AMSTI Building 1115-A Hwy 31 South
Carla McPeters
Alabama Science-in-Motion Physics Specialist
In-Service Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost my school/system to have the van visit?

It costs absolutely nothing for the van to visit your school.

What does it cost if equipment gets broken at my school?

It costs absolutely nothing if equipment gets broken at your school.

How do I schedule the van to visit my school?

Simply call the Athens State Science in Motion office (256-216-6622) and you can schedule any time that is not already committed.

How do I get involved in this unique program?

To get involved, call Carrie Lin at 256-216-6622 or by email.