On Oct. 21, third-grade students at Palmer Elementary School were panning for gems, fossils and minerals in a 20-foot sluice that was set up in the school's cafeteria by Old Erie Mining Company.
The children also searched the company's mine, which is actually a trailer set up to simulate a mining experience for students. The children donned hardhats with headlamps before entering the mine to collect fossils, gems and minerals in metal buckets. The mining experience reinforced the first unit of the third grade science curriculum, in which students learned about the Earth, land, rocks and minerals.
Dominick Cartner holds up a shark's tooth he found while panning in a sluice at Palmer Elementary School. With him is his classmate Konnor Mascara.