On February 20th members of Quinnipiac University’s Society for Anthropological Research hosted 25 students from Bethany Community School’s Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club. The GEMs students rotated through three stations equipped with field manuals and skeleton pencils, learning about different aspects of both archeological and biological anthropology. Digging through sand boxes, inspecting bones, and rearranging skulls allowed the young girls to discover a new interest in the anthropological field and be exposed to concepts such as material culture, human evolution, and stratigraphy. The event was a great success as the enrichment teacher, Michelle Schwenger, who advises the GEMS Club remarked how impressed she was with the volunteers ability to keep the students engaged despite it being a Friday and all of the students had already endured a long full day of school. Schwenger also commented in saying that the Quinnipiac students volunteering and running the stations were such "role models" for the students and the "GEMS club members enjoy[ed] being with them", most likely wanted to "strive to be like them." With such a compliment it is clear that the event was quite the success and SAR looks forward to do this type of event with the GEMs in the future.
Click the link to find out more about the event : QU PR for GEMS Event
|MAT Students help facilitate the excavation station, demonstrating the thought process of digging, finding, and categorizing the material culture found in the sandboxes.|
|The lovely volunteers prepping for the event before the students arrive.|
|Eboard members of the Society for Anthropological Research help facilitate the evolution station by describing the different features of the various skulls displayed for the students.|