Published: 6:36 pm, Sun. Sep. 17th, 2017Updated: 6:32 pm
(EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story, published in the Sunday, Sept. 17, edition of the Daily Press stated the Wow! van would be parked at Roselawn Elementary Tuesday and Central Elementary Wednesday. However, due to Tuesday’s school closure, the van will now be parked at the Artesia Public Library.)
Artesia students will have a chance to be amazed this coming Tuesday, Sept. 19, when the WoW! van rolls into town.
WoW! – which stands for Wonders on Wheels! – is a mobile museum toured by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Aff airs. It features more than 300 feet of exhibits from state museums in a curriculum aimed at fourth- and fifth-graders that encompasses science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) in a fun way.
WoW! targets New Mexico’s rural communities, much as its predecessor, the Van of Enchantment, did, bringing fun, educational, hands-on activities and exhibits to regions across New Mexico.
And the best part is – IT HAS DINOSAURS!!!
Well, their bones, anyway! Students will learn how fossils were formed, what dinosaurs ate, how they lived, and what paleontologists actually do.
The WoW! program is made possible through the support of the J.F. Maddox Foundation, the SP & Estelle Yates Family Foundation, the Chase Foundation, and the New Mexico Public Education Foundation. (Notice how many of these supporters are area locals? Makes you proud, doesn’t it?!) Locally, the PY Foundation is sponsoring the exhibit and outreach costs of bringing WoW! to Artesia.