Young archaeologists dig the NYS Museum

December 09, 2016 07:30 PM

ALBANY –  A group of third graders from the Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology got some hands-on experience by digging in the dirt at the New York State Museum to learn about archaeology.

"Just to see things, to pick things up, that real hands-on learning experience can just go a long way," said Artie Flynn, the Science Resource Teacher at TOAST.

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This STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – program even drew the State Education Commissioner, Maryellen Elia, a history major turned tutor.

"We're trying to make more opportunities for our students to connect with the museum and the great work they do from here," said Elia. "For kids to get excited about science and to see how this really can tell them things about the world that existed over the past several centuries. And so we're very excited that we have this great resource here at the museum."

Museum archaeologists led an interactive program allowing kids handle artifacts from sites throughout New York, dating back to the 19th & 18th centuries.

Said Stan Cornell, a TOAST 3rd grader, on archaeology: "It's like when you dig to find artifacts and then put all the pieces together to make one."

"The main goal is that they'll be excited about science and this will stay with them for a long time," said Flynn.


John Craig

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