At Guadalupe School students and teachers love to learn through hands-on experiences. That’s why our organization is so grateful for Tesoro Corporation. Through a STEM education grant, they have made it possible for Guadalupe kids to go on multiple fieldtrips this school year in order to learn more about the world around them. In the month of February, Guadalupe fourth and fifth graders were especially fortunate to visit incredible exhibits at both the Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life and The Leonardo Museum.
At the Museum of Ancient Life students were fascinated by the chance to “roam among the dinosaurs, explore a Carboniferous Forest, and dive deep into a Cretaceous Ocean.” The exhibit featured life size dinosaur skeletons, and over 50 hands-on activities, including an erosion table and a quarry dig where students could look for fossils. The museum even included a paleontology lab where real scientists are working to unearth a 150-million-year-old Barosaurus!
Students also loved visiting the flight exhibit at The Leonardo. This gallery is especially appropriate as Leonardo da Vinci, whom the museum is named after, extensively researched how flight was possible by studying birds, and eventually designed and built a flying machine that became a building block towards modern day planes. The flight exhibit included interactive elements such as flight simulators and a giant aircraft that the kids could climb in.
Guadalupe School is proud to encourage exploration and discovery through science and technology, as it works with generous partners to provide incredible experiences to its students. We know children will learn and grow as they are able to combine textual learning with interactive play.