Term III Takes Learning to The Emerald Isle

June 15 2017
Category: Academics

Elmira College students traveled to Ireland for Term III  Elmira College students traveled to Ireland for Term III  Elmira College students traveled to Ireland for Term III

Term III at Elmira College provides the opportunity for students to explore subjects and concepts through travel and experiential learning. One Term III class, “The Natural and Social History of Ireland,” took Dr. Christine Bezotte, Associate Professor of Biology, and her students on a three-week tour to study the coastal towns and areas of Ireland.

The group explored castles, cliffs, culture, history, people and more on a 19-day coastal adventure. Stopping in the cities and towns of Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Killarney and Dingle, the group discussed various historical events that shaped modern Ireland. Some of the major issues explored were the Irish political and socio-economic systems, the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the changes that have and continue to shape the Irish culture.

During the trip, the EC students made a stop at Trinity College in Dublin to conduct science experiments with local primary school students. The young students learned about DNA, the opportunities in higher education and studying in the United States.

“We did an experiment where we got to show them their own DNA. We had to explain to them what DNA is and how to separate it from the rest of the structures of the cell. The kids had a lot of fun with us,” said EC students Patti Ann Little, Brooke-Lyn VanKleeck, and Haley VanOrman in their class blog post.

The group also experienced local Irish dancing, sheep herding, authentic Irish cuisine, and geological formations throughout Ireland. Some of the favorite stops and experiences were Phoenix Park, the Titanic museum, Castle Dublin, the Giants Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, the National History Museum, the Bog Museum, and of course, kissing the Blarney Stone in Blarney Castle.

Click here to read the class blog and their learning adventures through Ireland.