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Museum visit leaves students saying OH WOW!

March 1, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Stepping away from their desks for a day, Canfield Village Middle School students experienced life behind the controls of an airplane, the power of hurricane force winds, and what it's like to play local weatherman, all within a few miles of their school.

With more than 25 exhibits, OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology, which replaced the Children's Museum of the Valley, is now located on West Federal Street in downtown Youngstown, and offers more than just an afternoon of good clean fun. It assists teachers in reaching new heights with their science lessons, as students explore hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based exhibits.

While to the students of CVMS teachers Jenn Hartman and Kate Fitzgerald, the day may have been one excusing them from traditional math and science classes, all exhibits are connected to the state education content standards. As they took control of the throttle, buttons and switches of an airplane, battled those hurricane force winds, and saw themselves as local weathermen and women, their studies simply came in another form.

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Pay no attention to that man walking through the weather studio, it’s just Nick Hutchinson learning the ropes. As student Garrett Wittman reports, today’s weather is cold and windy with a continuing chance of colder and windier.



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