As school gets back into the swing of things this fall, students are staying afloat in a new type of classroom. Students in the North Country are taking advantage of the water around them, thanks to a partnership with the Lake George Association and local school districts within the Lake George watershed. Our Brooke Selby learned firsthand what makes this such a unique experience.
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- As required by navigational law, three horns signify our take off and believe it or not, it's also the start of Wednesday's school day.
If you thought your school was cool, how about a 40 foot catamaran as your classroom? Students who visit the floating classroom on Lake George get to learn about the lake hands on while taking a cruise on the lake.
"It's a wonderful experience for the kids to associate what we learn in the classroom to real life circumstance," said Jody Murphy.
"What I love about it the most is that it gets these kids are cooped inside playing the Xbox all the time and to get them out to Lake George and do some team building. That's something that we really need to do as educators," Nate Jones said.
When your classroom doesn't have any walls, the opportunities to learn are endless. One of the things we learned was that Lake George is an Oligiotrophic lake, which means that it is nutrient poor.
Rosalia Anna Ashby, aka the Floating Classroom, operates from May to October and offers students the opportunity to learn more in depth information about the ecology and the geological history of the great body of water home to this area.
"I think that it's very cool and neat that I get to learn all this stuff and come on a field trip in Lake George," Jared Hanes sad.
Making learning history and science in 2012 very unique
"A lot of these kids live around Lake George but have never gotten a chance to get out on it. They hear about the lake and having them get out on it and see it and feel it, they can learn a little more," said Kristen Rohn.
And worldly as well.
"The experience knowing that learning takes place in so many other places than just in your classroom is really a valuable lesson for them."
As they say, that lesson can be learned one if by land or two if by sea.
The classroom season will run through the end of next week and public programs are also offered during the summer months.