School’s Paleontology Museum Engages Students in the Scientific Process

The Webb Schools in Claremont, California, is the only high school in the country to have an accredited museum of paleontology right on campus.

The Alf Museum is not just a place where students go to look at fossils. It’s a place where students are part of the scientific process, where they learn the joy of discovery, where they actually advance science. And, it’s just plain fun. Every Webb student spends a weekend on a real dig site. Beyond learning how field scientists work, students enjoy the physical challenges of “roughing it” and maybe even the thrill of making an important find for the museum’s collection. After all, 95% of the museum’s 142,000 specimens were discovered by Webb students, teachers and alumni.

 And that’s just the field work. Back at home, students take part in the entire museum process. They prepare specimens, create displays, and give tours. It’s not just about paleontology – though there are plenty of opportunities to learn from experts in that field. It’s about taking on challenges. It’s about solving problems. It’s about creating something extraordinary.

Does your school do something similar?

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