I have to confess...school field trips are not my favorite. I have daughters in 5th and 3rd grade and every year I try to attend at least one trip for each girl. Some of them can be, well....painful. Parents, I know I am not alone, here. The first trip this fall was with my 5th grader. "What's the trip, Anna...what are we going to do?" I asked. "The Keystone Science School is coming and we are going to spend the whole day outside looking at rocks," she replied. Well, that sounds like a lot of time to look at rocks. I was not as enthusiastic as I wanted to be. We took the bus (ugh!) to Breckenridge and ended up at French Gulch. We did, indeed, spend the entire day looking at rocks. The teacher from the science school created games where the kids made movements with their bodies that illustrated changes in the earth that create rock formations. Then the kids looked for rocks that may have been formed by these changes. They drew sketches of the mountains and identified geographical landmarks in their own sketches. I was captivated. The kids not only memorized the terms and could identify them in the landscape, but they retained the very sophisticated (in my mind) scientific information. Several months later, my 3rd grader had homework on natural disasters. She asked us in the car about what caused a certain type of calamity. I started to say, "Ask your dad" when my 5th grader piped in and regurgitated the information from the field trip in an understandable fashion to her 8-year-old sister. Wow! It was then that I fully understood the benefit that the Keystone Science School brings to our students and our community. I hope you will join me in supporting their effort to raise enough money to continue this important work. Please go to www.keystone.org to contribute to this campaign to help our students learn to love science.
Vaine: Keystone Science School is a precious gem
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