Last week, sixth grade students from Helen M. Knight Elementary School hiked up Courthouse Wash in Arches National Park with National Park rangers to learn about heat, light and sound. Students learned how birds sing, what things in the natural world absorb and radiate the most heat, why humans use lenses to bend light, and investigated how sunscreen works to block ultra-violet light.
Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, the Grand County CCOE Program conducted 70 field trips with local students and made more than 160 in-class presentations, officials said. All field trip and presentation topics are tied to Utah state science core curriculum requirements and national science standards. CCOE is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Grand County School District and the Moab Charter School. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the natural world found in their own backyards, while also supplementing school science programs with hands-on learning.
For more information about the CCOE program visit www.nps.gov/cany/forteachers/index.htm.