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March 10, 2018 (Saturday) 7:30am – 4:30pm (includes travel time)
Meet at CMJHS* at 7:15 (1200 W Cheyenne Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906). We will travel together on the bus for this trip.
* Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School
Snow Science for Teachers
Strap on snowshoes and get ready for a day of adventure that will change the way you look at and teach about snow. Our day will begin with Catamount Institute in a classroom near Divide where you will learn about snow crystallization and layering through easily repeatable lab activities. Be prepared for mashed potato avalanches to study angle of repose and a new way to teach climate science through the dissection of frozen ice cores and data analysis. After lunch we will travel to Cripple Creek for a snowshoe hike (snowshoes provided) with the lead Environmental Reclamation Specialist from the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company. We will travel through one of the mine’s buffer zones looking at animal signs and tracks to asses winter animal populations, as well as core and sample the snow pack to estimate spring run-off. Weather you teach biology, physics, chemistry, or earth science, we look forward to sharing our “cool” snow science lessons with you and your classes!
Presenters: Tracy Jackson and other staff, Catamount Institute