SW Charter 4th & 5th Graders Present Geology Quest

geologySouthwest Charter 4th and 5th graders will present their Geology Quest to the Geological Society of the Oregon Country (GSOC) at the Wells Fargo Museum on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 from 1pm-2pm.

Forty-eight 4th and 5th grade students and their teachers partnered with the GSOC to create this educational scavenger hunt. Students will give a short explanation of their project and process. Students will present the GSOC with the final quest document and will give the Wells Fargo Museum the quest’s “treasure box” which will be housed by the museum. This will be followed by a short presentation from the museum and a small celebration with refreshments.

Southwest Charter School 4th and 5th graders created a “quest,” a type of educational scavenger hunt, about the geology of Portland’s buildings. This quest is based on GSOC’s “Ancient Walls” walk, but geared towards elementary children and their families. The quest will be donated to GSOC for them to share with the public.

The quest, which includes a map, a series of clues, and drawings of downtown locations, takes participants on a self-led tour of several buildings in SW Portland, including the Apple Store, Pioneer Place Mall, the KOIN building and many more. Along the route of the “hunt,” participants learn about several different rocks found in Portland’s buildings and learn how to identify ancient fossils that can be found all along the way. The quest ends in the Wells Fargo Museum, where participants are led to a hidden treasure box containing a handmade stamp, a sign-in book and a set of cards offering additional information about geological features seen on the walk. The quest will be in place indefinitely for the education and enjoyment of the public.

The Wells Fargo Museum is located at 900 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204.



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