Students work on research at Seneca Park Zoo

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More than 1,300 second graders spent the day at the zoo Tuesday and they weren’t just there to check out the animals.

It’s part of a new “first of its kind” program with the Rochester City School District. The Zoo Scholars program introduces students to STEM-education in a real-life setting.

“It’s really getting kids out of a traditional classroom and really involved in active learning so they’re actively measuring lengths out here at the zoo or observing an animal and collecting information,” says Director of Visitor Studies Kelly Ulrich. “So they’re very actively being engaged in what they’re doing and so maybe everything they’re doing today will stick with them and last.”

When students returned to class, they used the data to learn how to draw graphs and write about how one of the animals would survive in the different habitats.

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