Students at John Muir Elementary will learn about gray whales from the inside out Monday when they reassemble the skeleton of a Cetacean.
The kit comes to Martinez courtesy of the Mission Science Workshop in San Francisco.
“One way to get kids excited about science is to provide interactive experiences that allow them to explore hunches, test theories, and learn from their results,” says a press statement from Community Science Workshops, whose mission is to bring hands-on activities to underserved communities.
Workshop leaders encourage the kids to take apart and reassemble the skeleton to see how it fits together -- how the bones provide the structure and flexibility for the mammoth creatures.
Families and students from all Martinez Unified School District campuses can get a close-up look at the skeleton and enjoy related activities at an after-school open house.
The interactive exhibit is funded by the John Muir Elementary PTA.
Dan Sudran, executive director of Mission Science Workshop and board president of Community Science Workshop Network will meet with MUSD's schools chief and city officials to mull creating a Community Science Workshop in Martinez.