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Science rocks at SCSU

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sixth-grader Grant Mumm of Foley used a small scissors to cut away at the soft tissue of a cow’s knee.  The dissection was part of a daylong science program at St. Cloud State University called Science Rocks.

“We are just cutting whatever we find,” Mumm said. “It’s kind of like an experiment almost.”

The knee joints students worked on are much bigger than a human’s, but the parts are the same.

About 615 students from 25 school districts in Central Minnesota attended the program Resource, Training & Solutions has sponsored for five years.

Experts in a number of science fields volunteer to spend the day explaining things such as mammals, animal tracks, knees and blood to students.

“It’s all about introducing kids to a number of different science programs,” said Sandra Cordie of Resource, Training & Solutions.

In another room, students look at animal tracks on laminated cards. They line them up on the floor in the way they might appear in the forest.

“We are looking about what they look like and how they interact together,” said Kory Klebe, environmental education and shooting sports coordinator at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in Spicer.

“It tells us a story of where in the wild they live.”

Students tried to match paw prints to where an animal lives like a big jigsaw puzzle. A coyote and lynx were among the prints being examined.

Phillip Dromgoole, a sixth-grader at Discovery Community School in Waite Park, said he learned about gravity and blood vessels.

“It teaches me, if I ever have kids and they want to know something about science, I’ll be able to help them with it,” he said.

By Dave Aeikens, St. Cloud Times, Jan. 7, 2011

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