We reached, Corvallis, the final stop in our fall MosSE tour, early on Monday morning to unload the exhibit. Unloading was a bit of a challenge since there was ice on the ground and the room we were scheduled to be in was on the second floor of the high school. Luckily, spectrUM outreach educators are also incredibly thrifty movers and we had the whole exhibit set-up within an hour, even with the delays.
Our first two days in Corvallis were spent with the high school students. Many of the students were from biology and anatomy classes, so it was fun to see how much knowledge they already had about the human body. However, our X-ray table seemed to have a funny effect on a few of the high schoolers. During our field trips one high schooler passed out and another one threw up. Yikes! We’re not sure if something was going around the school or if hearing about broken bones was just too much for them, but we hope they’re feeling better!
The final day in Corvallis was spent with 5th-7th graders. Due to it being early out that day, we had a jam-packed schedule to get all the students through the exhibit. We were visited by a reporter from the local newspaper, the Ravalli Republic, and students were featured in the newspaper the following day:
Feature photo in the Ravalli Republic by staff photographer David Erickson
We hosted a Family Science Night on the evening of our final day in Corvallis. It was the same night as parent teacher conferences, so we had a nice steady trickle of parents and students throughout the night.
Family Science Night X-ray Exploration
We loaded up the exhibit for the final time that night and gave ourselves a big pat on the back for the end of an incredible fall outreach tour.
Special thanks to Jason, the High School Principal, for hosting spectrUM this week and to the kind custodian who assisted us with moving x-ray table up and down the stairs. Also, thank you to our local health role model, Beth from Rocky Mountain Labs, who came and shared with the students about her research. This stop was powered by the Jane S. Heman Foundation.
Students exposed to new scientific experiences in Corvallis: 502
Tour-to-Date Total: 3638