“Conservation Scientist for a Day” Hands-on Workshop

Students study an authentic pottery shard as part of "Conservation Scientist for a Day" workshop.

The Friends of NCPTT are pleased to sponsor the “Conservation Scientist for a Day” workshop on July 31, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the history of Natchitoches through the study of authentic pottery shards. High school students work in pairs to investigate a piece of pottery from Native American or French colonial archeological sources. The students document their pottery through hand drawings and photographs. Then, they explore the physical can chemical makeup of the object using microscopy, chemical spot tests, and X-ray Fluorescence analysis. The workshop is open to all students that have completed the 8th grade and higher. The cost of the workshop is $10 per student. Scholarships are available.

According to a July 2011 report by the Statistical Research Center at the American Institute of Physics, students in the state of Louisiana rank far below average on performance tests in math and science. Since the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is a science and technology research organization, they have a potential role to play in the education of students in the region. Each year, NCPTT reaches out to schools around the state to offer educational activities that cross the disciplines. Rather than being a school sponsored event, this year’s summer workshop marks the first time the event is open to registration for all students in the region.

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