Exploring Aiken

Field Experience Units Now Available

The Greater Aiken Local Education Foundation sponsored the development of three local field experience programs for students in grades 5-8. The goal of this program is to utilize community resources to improve educational opportunities for the students in this area. To meet this goal, the objectives are: to provide a variety of developmentally appropriate hands-on learning experiences for all students, to encourage students in developing a sense of pride in our community, and to motivate students to see value and need for the many skills they are taught in the classroom. Each unit of study includes pre and post visit classroom activities, teacher planning guide and background information, chaperone letter, and student field experience booklet. Each field experience is designed as a cooperative effort in which student teams must solve a variety of mathematical "challenges" in the guise of a scavenger hunt. Two of these units, Hopeland Gardens (math/natural science) and Historic Downtown Aiken (math/history) may be borrowed from either the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center or the Aiken County Instructional Materials Center. Units were developed by Karey Santos of Millbrook Elementary School. The third unit, Hitchcock Woods will be available in the late spring. Check it out!