A busload of students joined Mrs. Fernandes and Mrs. Donaghue for a trip to Lincoln Caverns on Saturday, including many of students from Mrs. Fernandes' 8th grade Earth Science class. The trip included a one-hour tour of two crystal caverns: Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks. As they learned about cave geology and local lore associated with the caves, students observed a variety of cave formations, including crystals, stalactites, and stalagmites.
Students found hard hats in the gift shop and one declared to Mrs. Fernandes, "Look, I'm Homer Hickam!" The class had recently readthe book Rocket Boys, on which the movie October Sky was based. In the memoir, Homer Hickam is expected to follow his West Virginia coal miner father's footsteps (hence, the hard hat), but develops an interest in rockets after the launch of the Soviet rocket Sputnik 1 in 1957. Hickam begins experimenting with rockets, and later receives a degree in Engineering, serves in the US Army during the Vietnam War, and works for NASA.
The trip to Lincoln Caverns was a fun time and educational, as well!