MANKATO TIMES – FEB 2017
Jordan Sands Partners With Children’s Museum and Mankato Area Public Schools for Stem Pilot Program
NORTH MANKATO, MINN. – Jordan Sands, an industrial sand mining and processing operation based in North Mankato, has partnered with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and the Mankato Area Public Schools to pilot a science program for second grade students. The “Matter and Motion in the Coughlan Quarry” program incorporates a field trip to the museum with activities to help integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum.
“Matter and Motion in the Coughlan Quarry” focuses on the geology of southern Minnesota as it connects to quarries in the area. During the field trip, students spend their time in the Coughlan Quarry exhibit using the scientific method to make observations and experiment with different materials and equipment.
“The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is excited to be partnering with Coughlan Companies, Jordan Sands, and the Mankato Area Public Schools in the development and piloting of the “Matter and Motion in the Coughlan Quarry” program with second grade classes from two elementary schools this winter. Having the opportunity to offer new and engaging learning experiences for students in the Coughlan Quarry exhibit at the Children’s Museum with classroom connections has been a great experience for our team, and we look forward to exploring the possibilities for the partnership and the program going forward,” said Mia Forslund, School Programs Manager at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.
“Mankato Area Public Schools appreciates the collaboration between Jordan Sands and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to provide our second grade students with a meaningful field trip to support their learning of science,” said Dr. Heather Mueller, Director of Teaching and Learning at Mankato Area Public Schools.
“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with the museum and complement our investment in the Coughlan Quarry exhibit by providing exciting STEM learning experiences. Engaging kids in hands-on science learning helps to foster curiosity and inquiry and we are eager to build upon the success of this pilot program,” added Brett Skilbred, Jordan Sands Vice President.
Thanks to a generous $500,000 donation from Coughlan Companies and Jordan Sands, The Mankato Children’s Museum received a wonderful hands on exhibit depicting what its like to work in a quarry. The display is walled with limestone mined from Coughlan’s quarry here in Mankato.