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Artesia kids learn more about science


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ARTESIA — Maybe they were blinded by science. Maybe they enjoyed getting out of class for a spell or maybe they wanted to learn how the life blood of Artesia fuels the world.

No matter what, sixth grade students from Zia Intermediate School learned more about earth sciences last Thursday during a program at the Artesia Public Library.

“We wanted to get the schools involved,” said library supervisor Erin Loveland.

Exposing the kids to science was part of Family Science Night at the library. The day’s events were for school kids and the nighttime events were for the community in general.

Loveland said it was a “community effort” that made it possible.

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Loveland said the first science night took place in 2015 when the focus was on biology. She said the oil and gas activity in Eddy County was the reason for the geology focus.

Eloralee Todd, Inreach and Outreach Coordinator with the Science Spectrum in Lubbock, gave an overview what the kids would be dealing with at a series of workstations.

“I really like doing something like this for the kids,” she said.

Kids learned about volcanoes, weathering and the rock cycle.

She has been with the Lubbock nonproift science museum for five years. Todd said kids can learn by visiting the museum or during an after-school program, like the one offered in Artesia.

She said the museum’s road show has visited schools from the Texas panhandle to southeastern New Mexico.

“We work with a lot of schools for after-school programs,” she said.