As part of The Cove Palisades and Culver Middle School’s ongoing partnership; students focused on learning about Raptors and helped extensively with OPRD’s Eagle Watch festival for the 2016-2017 school year. They built a life size bald eagle nest that was almost six feet in diameter; large enough for an entire human family to sit in. Students created original Eagle Mad Libs and poetry for visitors.
It was my honor to be invited to Culver Middle School’s STEMFEST this year. Students show off the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) skills that they learned to school district administration, invited guests, media, and local elementary and high school students. One of the main goals of STEAM is to be as student directed as possible. The teachers may be used as resources however students need to come up with processes and conclusions or solutions on their own. To that end, each student was tasked with becoming an expert on some Raptor related species or topic. The projects were impressive and informative but moreover what was so exciting was how students put themselves out there and taught visitors about their bird of prey – using many of the interactive tactics we teach our OPRD staff at interpretive training.
I will be using several student activities at Junior Ranger programs in the park this summer (photos: making owls out of homemade play dough and guessing which eggs go to which birds). As this is my fourth year it was also fun to see returning high school students that participated in STEM at The Cove still supporting and participating the current middle school students.