The students and teachers at Thunder Mountain High School
in Juneau are lucky to have a glacier practically in their backyard. It’s been fun working with them on The Changing Earth project this fall. We got to tag along with them on a field trip to the Mendenhall Glacier, where the students collected water samples for testing from both Mendenhall Lake and Steep Creek, which feeds into the lake. We’re excited to see what kinds of inquiry projects the students do around water and ice this coming spring.
Not only do the students of science teacher Kristen Wells get to experience real-world field studies, they have an opportunity each year to do something even more unique: articulate the skeleton of a marine mammal. The bones of those ocean creatures are then put on display at the school. Wondering what’s involved in articulating a marine mammal, this Smithsonian article