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Capital High School students study snow science

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 6:18 PM Updated:

Capital High School's Honors Earth Science classes learned in the outdoors rather than inside the classroom on Wednesday.

Over 75 students took a trip to the Great Divide Ski Resort to learn about snow science.

The students learned from a variety of activities including free skiing lessons and studied how avalanches work.

They also dug a snow pit and tested the stability of the snow.

Audrey Hofer, 14, said it was great to get out of the classroom.

"I really liked learning how to dig the snow pits so far and how to test different things with it," she said.

Students utilized shovels, meter sticks, clinometers, thermometers, and a snow crystal card.

Auggie Tupper, 15, enjoyed the free ski lesson.

"Probably my favorite thing about it is just to get some time out here to be able to ski and also to be able to still learn," Tupper said.

According to teacher Tom Caffrey, the benefits of being an Honors Earth Science student is that they are challenged because they go on field trips and complete hands-on activities.  

Caffrey has conducted the avalanche field trip for about seven years.

This is the second year Capital High School has participated in the program.

The field trip teaches students safety lessons they can use for the rest of their lives.

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