Seventh graders from Southmont Junior High left their science textbooks at school for a day to see what nature could teach them at Camp Rotary.
Science teachers Jamie Welliever, Gary Mosbaugh and Michelle Eisenhart led the students through a day full of different activities on for Science Day on Thursday. Students learned about rocks and erosion on the hiking trails, leaves and their classifications with a coloring activity and about birds of prey during an afternoon presentation.
“The goal is to get the kids out in nature,” said Kim Priebe, a teacher assistant at SJHS, “which it seems they don’t get to do much anymore.”
Science Day was hosted by the Montgomery County Education Foundation and the Rotary Club. The two organizations also provided lunch for the students.
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to use Camp Rotary, SJHS Principal Mike Tricker said. “With the support of the Rotary, we are able to have our students experience science in nature.”
As Marissa Craig sat and worked on classifying the leaves she had
collected, she said she likes getting the chance to learn outside of the classroom.
“We can learn more about nature,” she said.
“You can only see so many things in a book,” Priebe explained. “When they get to be hands on, get to see things right in front of them, experience it and touch it, it’s a whole other experience for them.”
Evan Francis said that even though he was learning throughout the day, it’s a lot different from learning at school.
“You don’t have to write a lot of things, and your hand doesn’t hurt from it,” he said. “It’s easier, and also, there’s less stress. You don’t have any homework or anything to do after school.”
Science Day proves to students that learning can be fun. And hopefully, both the fun memories and the lessons learned will stick with them for a while.
“For the students, this experience will bring science to life,” Tricker said. “Our science teachers do a great job preparing the students for the trip and will refer back to the experiences throughout the school year. It is one of the educational experiences that most students talk about.”