Burke County, NC – Fifth graders at several elementary schools in Burke County are having hands-on science fun with Catawba Science Center’s Inside Out at Home virtual frog dissection programs. These young learners experience science in ways that are fun, exciting, and safe. Frog dissections provide the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of vertebrate animals, including humans. They are often memorable experiences for science students and despite this year’s challenges, the opportunity remains. A student from W.A. Young Elementary shared she was excited to discover more through the experience, “It was amazing”.

CSC’s virtual dissections are made possible by support from Community Foundation of Burke County, the J. Alex and Vivian G. Mull Foundation and Burke County Public Schools. As COVID19 shutdowns and restrictions make hands-on learning more difficult, CSC is happy to have foundational and school district support to allow for the classes. Their support allows the science center to fulfill its mission of changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder.

Karen Auton, Director of Elementary Education for Burke County, shared, “we are fortunate to continue our partnership with the Catawba Science Center to bring rich, hands-on experiences to our students in Burke County. I continue to hear positive comments from our teachers and instructional staff about the level of engagement and the instructional enrichment these programs provide. The Catawba Science Center works to ensure that the experiences provided are directly aligned to the standard course of study that we are charged to deliver in each grade level.”

Catawba Science Center is located on the SALT Block at 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Visit www.CatawbaScience.org or call 828-322-8169 for more information on CSC’s hours and admission.