Our Middle School Science Lab houses a collection of critters that the students quite enjoy. We have a blue tongued skink, a ball python, a chinchilla, a mouse and a hamster. The Odyssey Science Club is made up of 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in learning about, and helping care for, these fascinating animals.
Members of the Science Club make a commitment to arrive early to school, or stay after school, to care for the animals. They are responsible for feeding them and cleaning the cages and tanks on a daily basis. In addition, Science Club students are able to bring the animals home to care for them during long breaks and over the summer.
While performing these daily tasks under the guidance of Mrs. Beerbower, our 7th and 8th grade Science Teacher and Science Club Sponsor, students are learning about where the various animals would live in the wild and what their natural habitats are like, the differences between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals, reptile and rodent behavior, how to safely care for reptiles, how to monitor their health, the importance of these animals in the food chain and so much more. Science Club students also help raise money for the food and materials required to care for the animals. They learn responsibility, commitment, a little bit about the value of the dollar and how far it goes (or doesn’t go!) when it comes to caring for animals, and how to properly care for a living creature.
There is no fee associated with being a member of the Science Club. Just come, learn and enjoy!