Pike's Peak or Bust!
Field Study

For the tenth consecutive year, South Central Service Cooperative conducted Out West 2004: Pike's Peak or Bust!, a field study for K-12 teachers and administrators. SCSC documented professional development for each participant who successfully completed the requirements of this program.

The program focused around an on-site field study of the central Rocky Mountains including Rocky Mountain National Park, Capulin Volcano, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and Palo Dura Canyon. Each participant was required to research and present a related topic. A multimedia, interdisciplinary unit was a required product of each person attending.  Instruction was provided in zoology, botany, geology, technology, science education, geography and history.

Participants were required to attend several “pre-trip” class meetings.  The meetings took place at South Central Service Cooperative in Camden.  During these meetings, course assignments, textbooks, and class structure were discussed.  During these pre-trip meetings, professors taught about the area from many points of view, i.e., scientific --, botany, zoology, geology--, historical, geographical, etc. to help teachers better understand what they would see when they were actually on site. Tim Daniels, worked with the teachers to help them also see how this content correlates to their areas of teaching and to the Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks. David Henderson worked with the group to build technology skills and to tie those to classroom use.

Other required meetings included the follow-up presentation day and two consecutive computer lab days. The pre-trip meeting, follow-up meeting and two lab days were required. This field study was funded primarily by the Title II A Enhancing Teacher Performance grant.