Science can be fun. Sanford Street TLC students learned that lesson well at a visit to the Dinosaur Museum.
Set up in the Sanford Street gym, the museum allowed the elementary students to take a hands-on approach to exploring the world of dinosaurs. They dug like an archeologist searching for bones, sweep away sand to discover fossilized footprints and even dissected faux dinosaur scat to discover what these giant creatures of old ate.
“This is fun,” said a student as she dug through a sand bucket looking for bones.
“Yeah,” said another. “I like digging.”
The museum, the brainchild of WSWHE BOCES adult education teacher Krista Conrick, has an atmospheric feel. In the darkened gym, illuminated by a few strings of lights, students felt like they were reeling back in time. Once inside, they moved through different stations that taught them about dinosaur eggs, food, bones and the current scientific study of the ancient reptiles.
Many of the items in the museum, like the massive eggs, Conrick constructed. However, she also had real fossils including a dinosaur egg and bone, which student admired with great interest.
The Dinosaur Museum was used as a fundraiser for 20 Glens Falls City middle school students planning a trip to Saga City, Japan. Through the generosity of Mrs. Conrick and Mrs. Anne Zilch, Glens Falls Middle School teacher, participation in the Dinosaur Museum was a special treat for The WSWHE BOCES Sanford Street students at the end of their State Testing.
“Since I work for BOCES, this was a nice arrangement,” said Conrick. “I’m glad it worked out because I think the kids are really enjoying themselves.”