Iceland trip on tap for some students at Seminole Ridge High School

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Seminole Ridge High School marine science teacher Shawna Ahmad says if you make learning fun, students will remember what they've learned.  

"We've gone snorkeling, to a state park, we've gone to SeaWorld for behind the scenes academic tours," Ahmad said.
 
Now she's taking a dozen students in her college-level classes on a field trip to Iceland. "It was in one of my lessons. we were talking about plate tectonics and the mid-ocean ridge, how 200 feet of it is exposed above sea level."
 
Ahmad says the students will learn more about the culture and go whale watching. "We will go to a geothermal spring where we will see the waterfall in the background on the glaciers and yet we will be sitting in 95-degree water."
 
The students are ready.

"I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about the environment because they have a black sand beach and different animals," said senior Joshua Hermance.

"What I am looking forward to is going to the glaciers because it's going to be a breathtaking experience," said student Olivia Shand.

There will be more than taking in the sights; they will have a test when they return.

"When they come back into the structure of a classroom they are actually going to teach a lesson on everything that they learned," Ahmad said.

"It's going to help them increase their speaking abilities, their confidence to present to a group of peers and I can't wait to watch them grow in that academic aspect," she added.

The students are paying their own way and also fundraising. Their trip is in mid-November.

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