Bringing Learning to Life in Juneau

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 tells all.

View the video story above to learn more about the water inquiry projects the students at Thunder Mountain are undertaking, and the unique natural environment at their doorstep. Then learn more about southeast Alaska and its natural environment via these other video stories from Juneau:


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