Zoo Animals and STEM Learning at APS

Animals as Teachers
Posted on 07/05/2018
Image of Akron Zoo STEM Program(as reported in Akron.com/West Side Leader)

The Akron Zoo teamed up with Akron Public Schools (APS) this past school year to offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming to all fifth-graders through a sponsorship from Signet Jewelers.

According to zoo officials, the Akron Zoo ZooMobile visited
APS elementary schools this past fall to teach 2,700 students about endangered species. In May, students visited the zoo for a scavenger hunt, followed by a program focused on animals and their diets. Shown above are students watching Forest, a North American porcupine, during the visit.

Zoo officials said the program was offered for the second year in a row and will continue next year with a stronger focus on learning about endangered species and what the students can do to help.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a nonprofit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $12, or $10 for senior citizens and $9 for children ages 2-14, and free for children under age 2. Parking is $3. For more information, visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330.375.2550.

Image of Akron Zoo STEM Program
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