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Ravenscroft Rockhounds

Dates: June 17-21, 2019

Times: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Age: Rising 2nd-5th Grades

Gender: Coed

Cost: $255

Location: Holding Hall Lower School, Science Lab (Modular)

Description: Come and join the fun and get your hands dirty while digging for rocks in the soils of North Carolina. We might dig along the shore of Falls Lake, and in nearby roadcuts. This camp will help you become more familiar with what's under our feet in our beautiful state and how it got there. There will be 2-3 days of local field study with lab experiments and interpretations. Start, or add to, your own rock collection. Mr. Knox and a parent-geologist, Mrs. Dana Wolff, will lead this exciting new program.

What to Bring: Water bottle, snack, hat and sunscreen, backpack

Instructor: Patrick Knox grew up building things, taking things apart and putting them back together again. Early on he developed the reputation for being able to fix other people's broken stuff. The chemistry set he received while in sixth grade set the stage for much experimentation and ultimately degrees in chemistry and education from NCSU. During his years at State, he built his own house, created a spaceship/sound shuttle for a high-end car stereo store, and collected animal pets from his land in northern Wake County. He's rebuilt automobile engines, worked as a precision model-maker, chemist, and museum educator (NC Museum of Life and Science). At the age of 35 he finally found his true calling and became a science teacher. He founded the Ravenscroft Lower School Science Lab in 1990, subsequently taught high school science and was a middle school classroom teacher at Duke School in Durham. He is pleased to be back at Ravenscroft, again in the Lower School Science Lab.