On January 22, Locust Grove Middle School Field STEM students went on a field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. During the trip, the students attended a lab session at the museum’s new Q?rius hands-on learning facility.

In 2009, erosion along the banks of Yorktown Creek unearthed a human skeleton. Investigators quickly determined that the remains and accompanying artifacts were from the mid 1600’s. Smithsonian forensic anthropologists walked the Field STEM students through the process of determining the age, sex, ethnicity, and historical context of the individual whose remains were found. Students used the methods, technology, and tools of the trade as they conducted a hands-on analysis of the actual artifacts unearthed at the archaeological site.