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Written by: Nancy Moncrief
Friday October 3, 2014

I’m working this academic year with Dr. Nina Huff, Research Instructor at the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology's New College Institute site (PGSMSTNCI), and some of her students (juniors in high school).  Together, we will be studying local wildlife (mostly mammals and birds) in Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia.  We recently went on a field trip to the North Carolina in Asheboro. 

 Students (high school juniors) from the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology are ready for their scavenger hunt at the North Carolina Zoo.  With them are Drs. Nina Huff and Nancy Moncrief (front row, far left and far right, respectively), who are co-leaders for these students’ research project this year.

While at the zoo, the students worked in groups to complete a scavenger hunt that Nina and I designed.  This exercise helped the students develop their skills for identifying plants and animals.  It also gave them experience collaborating with each other to find answers and solve problems. The students in this class are based at 3 different high schools (Martinsville High School and Magna Vista and Bassett high schools in Henry County), and some of them did not know each other very well before the trip. After being together for almost 14 straight hours (including about 4 hours of “bonding time” on a school bus!), I think it’s safe to say they now know each other better.  We all had a great time, and the students took lots of great photos.

A male African lion tries to ignore the antics of his cubs.  Photo by Liberty Hightower

Cougar cubs intently watch a squirrel scamper outside their enclosure.  Photo by Liberty Hightower



Tags: Biology, Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Governors School, Mammals, Research and Collections