Columbus-Science Student Explorations
Science Student Explorations:
The Life and Physical Sciences Program and the Science Club at Ivy Tech look to expand their learning beyond our Columbus Campus classrooms. The students in these programs have a wide variety of interests including:
- Medicinal history
- Natural Science
Jocelyn Ramos, the Program coordinator and club advisor, encourages her students to explore their interests by visiting places locally who are experts on those subject matter and to get hands on experience.
Unfortunately, many students are not able to go on even day trips to explore these interest due to financial constraints. Many places have a $20 admission fee that is beyond the student’s budget. Some of the day trips currently offered include: Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Cataract Falls, Indiana Museum of Medical History, Chicago Science and Industry Museum with a private tour at Argan Labs (overnight with 4 faculty and 16 students) and the Butler Observatory.
The Program and Club also have a Dream Trip to go see Bodies: The Exhibition currently residing in the Atlanta, GA. This trip would require a bus and two overnights which is far beyond many of the student’s financial capacity.
These trips give our students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and love of learning outside of the classroom as well as give them exposure to new environments, people, and cultures. They have the ultimate opportunity to explore and find or cultivate their passions. Many of our student’s exposure is limited to the state of Indiana. Traveling beyond their comfort zones to places they would normally not have the opportunity to visit will magnify the skills and knowledge they have learned here, expand their world view, and challenge their perspective.