Students celebrate science

June 10, 2009 4:01:51 PM PDT
Today, some lucky kids came to the Wagner Free Institute in North Philadelphia to celebrate.They're part of GeoKids, a program that brings science alive with special instructors, field trips, and class supplies at four Philadelphia elementary schools.

"Everything that happens in the classroom is provided by the Wagner free of charge to the school," Dana Semos of the Wagner said.

Today was full of fun. In the lecture hall, certificates of achievement and outside, games of wolf chasing lamb, to show how the circle of life works.

And up in the exhibition hall, a scavenger hunt, with clues hidden among the shells, dinosaur bones and the kids own class projects.

The teachers say, GeoKids makes their kids better learners, bringing delight and passion to projects like researching animals in the local ecosystem.

"It was so nice to see them completely engaged in reading, they were buddy reading, they were helping each other to research information, locating information in different books," Donielle Rigler said.

The fun of GeoKids has made quite an impression, so much so these little ones say they want to stay with science as they get older, maybe even make it a their life's work.

Third grader Alisa Butler now knows what she wants to be.

"A geologist is like when you learn about rocks and minerals and this year we learned about rocks and minerals," Alisa said.

First grader Katsura Smith is too little for those big decisions, but her mom says GeoKids has made her daughter fall in love with learning.

"She's pretty amazing at throwing out great science words at me, like pupa," Susan White said.

Learning is fundamental and, today proves, more likely to happen when it's fun.

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