Upper School science teacher Jennifer King joined the Middle School summer trip to Ireland, to explore the possibility of offering an Upper School summer course on location in Ireland.
Lovett's endowed summer study and travel funds allow faculty to take advantage of professional development opportunities that might not be feasible during the school year.
Upper School science teacher Jennifer King joined the Middle School summer trip to Ireland, to explore the possibility of offering an Upper School summer course on location in Ireland. Upon her return, Jennifer offered this reflection:
I was fortunate enough to accompany a group of middle school students and faculty to Ireland for their Synthesizing Art Science and Sustainability in Ireland trip. My goal was to participate in and observe the trip in order to develop it into a potential trip/course for upper school students.
This trip was an incredible experience. County Mayo, Ireland is rich in history, folklore, and unique ecosystems. The ability to explore ancient history through farmlands over 5000 years old, replicate the stone age methods of making bread, and delve into the science of archaeology is an experience only encountered here. Furthermore, the history of Ireland itself from early geologic formations, to early man and the stone age, through British rule, and to modern day ways of life like turf-cutting and sheep shearing brings history to life. Through studying the archaeology in the area, students are able to see first hand how the historical climate change leads to different ways of life, and how modern rapid climate change damages current ecosystems.