AJES fourth graders expand their minds at Carnegie Science Center


TAYLOR COUNTY—Recently, the fourth graders of Anna Jarvis Elementary School boarded busses and headed out on an adventure that was geared at expanding their minds and testing their bodies.

On Friday, October 4, students, teachers and chaperones filed out of Anna Jarvis Elementary School and onto two busses that would take them to a place that would entertain and awe the kids, while they played and learned.

After two hours on the road, the students arrived at Carnegie Science Center, located in Pittsburgh, for a day of fun and learning.

The trip started with a 3D presentation in Rango’s Cinema of “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” a film that would encourage the students to find a passion in life, set their goals high, dream big and push to obtain those dreams.

Dream Big is the first giant-screen film to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet as we head into the 21st Century and beyond.

In the film, the students were introduced to individuals and groups who wanted to achieve something big and used their skills in engineering to do so. Many students could be heard commenting on the cool 3D effects during the showing.

“My favorite part of the Carnegie Science Center was the 3D movie,” shared Cole Boyles. “It was so cool because it felt like you could reach out and grab stuff.”

After the showing was over, students were given free reign of the science center, under the watchful eye of their chaperones.

During their time at the center, they were able to interact with robots, take in a large model train display, explore space and learn about the human body through interactive displays sprawled over four floors.

There were even reptiles, fish and snaked on display for the students to take in.

Outside, students made their way onto the USS Requin (SS 481), a real submarine showcasing how life was spent on the open seas aboard the vessel.

State-of-the-art and battle ready when she set out just days before the end of World War II, Requin holds the distinction of being the Navy’s first Radar Picket submarine. Inside, guests will view the bunks, galley, and engine areas of the ship, and learn a little more of its history.

“My favorite part of the trip was probably the submarine because of the tools, uniforms and bunks,” expressed Hunter Crowe. “It just takes the cake! I mean, there were cannons!”

A favorite of many of the fourth graders was the Carnegie Science Center’s Highmark SportsWorks®. Inside was an area where the students could let loose and have fun, while putting their bodies to the test.

Highmark SportsWorks® offers nearly 30 interactive experiences in three thematic areas: LifeWorks, Physics of Sports, and Sports Challenge.

Students spent the afternoon playing sports-themed games, testing their speed on the Olympic Spring track, honing their Major League swing speed, and testing their reaction time against an ice hockey goalie.

They waited in lines to take turns scaling a 25-foot rock wall and tested their balance, strength and nerves in the center’s Ropes Challenge. Some students even became a human yo-yo.

Garrett Davis shared that he enjoyed his time at Carnegie Science Center.

“I liked the robots that you could play games on and the sports center with the vertical jump and the running game,” he said. “I also liked the space shuttle that you could see inside of.”

Brittany Webber said that her favorite thing was the sports center.

“It was amazing! I loved the rock-climbing wall and the human yoyo,” she expressed.

“Three of my favorite things that we did at Carnegie Science Center were watching the movie “Dream Big” in 3D, seeing the fish and reptiles and playing hockey on the table in the sports room,” commented Jackson Hildreth. “I hope that we an go to Carnegie Science Center again sometime!”

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