Today at Pullman National Historical Park, we had an unforgettable day with the students from Poe Classical Magnet School. It was a morning filled with excitement and learning, all centered around the essential '4 Cs' - Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. We quickly realized how these skills are crucial for accomplishing great things, especially when we looked at how they connect to our national parks.
We dove into the connections between different national parks like Wind Cave, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Craters of the Moon, and how they relate to the history and science at Pullman. The kids were absolutely engrossed, making connections and asking brilliant questions.
The most fun part? Getting hands-on with science. We explored geysers, learned about Bernoulli's principle, played with circuits, and even dabbled in rocketry. There were laughs, wide-eyed stares, and so much enthusiasm. It was clear: we all have a unique part to play in this world, and today was about finding what that might be.
In the afternoon, we focused on the fourth graders who took on the challenge of reimagining Pullman Train Cars. They had to plan, draw, and discuss their ideas before building models out of recyclable materials. It was amazing to see their mathematical skills come to life as they measured, calculated angles, and discussed scale models.
But what stood out the most was their teamwork. They communicated, collaborated, and overcame obstacles together. It's not always easy to work in a team, but these kids showed us how it's done.
As the day wrapped up, we couldn't help but feel impressed by these students and their ability to learn and work together. This week's school event was a resounding success, and we're all buzzing with excitement for the LiveStream tomorrow. Working with Pullman National Historical Park and the Historic Pullman Foundation has been an incredible experience, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.
Today was a reminder of the magic that happens when young minds are encouraged to explore, create, and collaborate. We left feeling proud and inspired, looking forward to many more days like this.