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January 28, 2014

Drexel University outreach brings science lesson to St. Joseph School

— DANVILLE – Members of Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences taught St. Joseph School students the history of the Earth as part of their outreach program.

Outreach coordinator Michael Kaczmarczik and program educator Alysia Korn taught fifth through eighth graders about geology and mineralogy and led a section on dinosaurs for the school’s first through fourth grade class.

Danville, at two and a half hours and just under 150 miles from Drexel’s Philadelphia home, is the furthest the outreach program has traveled, Kaczmarczik said.

“We’re thrilled to be able to come out here” to reach people who couldn’t otherwise come to the museum, he said. The outreach program was designed to “bring a little part of it (the museum) to share with everyone.”

The academy had been contacted by St. Joseph School administration and requested a program on geology and dinosaurs to accompany their recent curriculum.

For the mineralogy lesson, he and Korn showed the students different types of rocks, such as shale and limestone, and taught them the different types of minerals and their uses. Some minerals are used to enhance the nutrition of foods, Kaczmarczik told the class. “If you had cereal, you ate some rocks today,” he said.

The dinosaur program featured Kaczmarczik and Korn teaching students how scientists learned to classify different characteristics of dinosaurs, such as which ones were herbivores or carnivores.

 

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