Field trip at Fermilab

Students from Henry W. Cowherd Middle School recently enjoyed an outdoor field trip to Fermilab, where they studied wildlife up close. Sixty students visited on Oct. 5 for a half day and, under the guidance of Fermilab docents and staff at the Lederman Science Center, inspected critters and took a nature walk through the nearby woods.

The students got a close look at spiders and insects in the prairie, working to distinguish them by their physical characteristics. Similarly, they scooped out invertebrates from the pond near Lederman Science Center and studied those aquatic species. And they studied the plants that grow in the woods on Fermilab grounds during their nature walk.

They also did some indoor laboratory work the Lederman Science Center. At a chemical station, they tested for dissolved oxygen from the pond and checked pH. At the bug station, they looked at different species of live and dead insects under microscopes. They observed salamanders, which were found on the Fermilab site. And they studied the skulls of various species also found on laboratory grounds.

Eighty students Cowherd Middle School visited the lab on Friday, Oct. 6, and 150 more will visit this week.

The Fermilab education and outreach program is an active one, with thousands of K-12 students and hundreds of teachers visiting the laboratory every year.

Thanks to Laura Haseltine for providing information on the field trips. Thanks to Leticia Shaddix for taking these pictures, snapped on Oct. 5. You can click on the magnifying glass in the lower right corner to see the images in full.

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