NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – You may think that amusement parks are just for fun, but one park here in Connecticut is taking the idea of fun and mixing it with education to get kids to learn in a whole new way.
Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury teams up with schools across the state for education projects.
Quassy Amusement Park hosts a variety of free educational programs for schools visiting the lakeside facility during its season. They include:
“Wacky Science” – An interactive stage presentation in which students help uncork some fun and educational experiments. Along with a proven lineup will be some new experiments for 2014. 25-minute presentation at the Carousel Theatre stage.
“Fun With Physics At Quassy” – A projects booklet for all grade levels packed with activities and experiments students can complete while at the park. Accredited by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the booklet is sent electronically to faculty members prior to visiting Quassy.
“Laser 101″ – One of the park’s newest programs. Learn how lasers work and then see them in action in the Quassy Quest Laser Maze. 30-minute classroom session with worksheet.
“The Commotion About Motion at Quassy” – A guided physics tour with some educational demonstrations along the way. 30 minutes with worksheets provided.
“Quassy History Tour” – A guided tour of one of the nation’s oldest amusement parks. 30 minutes to an hour.
“ABCs About News” – Journalism workshop for aspiring writers. Learn how to conduct interviews, collect the facts and write a news story. One hour with students providing their own pencil and paper.
“Photography” – A workshop with Quassy’s professional photographer. Students must provide any working camera – film or digital – to participate. Class time varies from two to four hours.
All of the above educational programs are free of change when making advance reservations with the park office at (203) 758-2913. Note: Tour and “Wacky Science” schedules fill up quickly, so schools are advised to book as soon as possible.
Quassy also offers “Quiz Show Mania,” the park’s own version of a popular educational game show for students. Complete with electronic scoreboards, sound system and a Quassy host, there is a fee associated with booking the game show for schools staging a day-long event at the park. Call for details.
Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 106th year and features more than two-dozen rides and attractions. The lakeside property is also home to “Splash Away Bay” waterpark with the new “BulletBowl” water raft ride and “FreeFall” extreme body slides.
Molly Robinson was one student who took part in the educational project. She was one of a handful of kids in her class to shoot a video about lasers. She says she learned a lot as she researched lasers throughout the school year.