GEORGETOWN — Hettie Halstead Elementary School third-graders dug deeper into their science lessons traveling to Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown for an experience that dates back more than 10,000 years.

Students have been learning about land forms and soil formations and teacher Swantje Drayton believes the best way to help them understand what actually occurs in nature is to go on a field trip to view the structures first-hand.

The students including Jezzy Roesler had high expectations when arriving to the caverns.

“I hope we get to see cave markings or animals also. That would be so cool,” Roesler said.

As students arrived to the area where there were bats and paintings on the walls, Roesler gasped with joy.

The tour guides explained that water caused most of the underground land formations as the students looked at the structures surrounding them, their eyes wide and their mouths dropped open.

Different names of each formation stalactites were shared with the students because they were tight to the ceiling and stalagmites were the ones that formed columns.

The students giggled as the guides called the bats “chicken nuggets” and all of the students wished they could hold one. The guides shared other myths and fables about the caves with the students.

Third grader Charlotte Jackson had her favorite.

“The fairy tale story about the king, queen, princess and dragon being slayed by the prince who wanted to marry the princess was my favorite part,” she said

The students learned about climate changes and what contributes to them, as they walked from a cool area to a very warm area of the caverns and they felt the drastic temperature changes.

Drayton said she chooses to go to Inner Space Caverns with the students because Inner Space Caverns gives students the opportunity to not only experience science but also history outside of Copperas Cove.

“Some students do not get the opportunity to visit caverns and this allows them to gain that experience,” Drayton said. “The trip will give the students a better understanding of rock formation and rock cycles if they get to see it themselves.”

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