PARTICIPATION OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN QUATERNARY RESEARCH IN BENTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE
The program is designed to expose students to various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts relative to the paleontological dig. Archaeology, geology and paleontology are not extensively taught in public secondary schools in Washington. This program represents an opportunity for students to work with STEM concepts through an interdisciplinary approach. Students are members of the Kamiakin High School Mammoth Club and take field trips to the excavation under the supervision of the club supervisors. Classes in the Kennewick School District for which the dig offers project opportunities include forensics, biology, language arts, technology, art, and mathematics. The project also affords opportunities to develop topics for required culminating projects.
Soliciting local businesses for donations for equipment and materials for the excavation has developed community support. Local educators, organizations and private individuals are being recruited and trained to mentor students who participate in the dig. The goal is for experienced students to help train those new to the program in an on going cycle. Workshops have been held for educators and other community volunteers.