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Over 600 students learn about tools and technology through time

September 6, 2018

GERING — Agriculture and heavy equipment have evolved over time and local students used some of the equipment during the Tools and Technology Through Time at The Legacy of the Plains in Gering.

Fourth graders from Roosevelt, Northfield, Mitchell, and Lake Minatare visited the Legacy of the Plains Museum on Wednesday for a hands-on learning experience. Tools and Technology Through Time allowed students to experience a variety of technology at eight different stations. For this year’s annual event, vice president and education chair Rick Myers said there are two new stations focused on water.

“This year we got rid of one where we talked about sugar beets and a small engines one,” he said.

While the volunteers showed students how to operate the equipment, the teachers evaluated them, so the program can continue to improve.

During the morning session, Roosevelt, Northfield, Mitchell and Lake Minatare fourth graders were introduced to new equipment. The eight stations included a blacksmith shop, potato slicing, block and tackle pulley, horse and saddle, corn shelling and grinding, water witching, irrigation, and pedal tractor.

Over the two day event, 621 students are expected to learn how farmers and blacksmiths used their equipment to harvest crops, make materials, and lift heavy items. Tate Hessler of Mitchell Elementary said the potato slicing station was his favorite.

“You get hit the pedal with your foot and crush a potato,” he said.

The water station was the most difficult for the students.

“When you hold the pipe, it falls down and the water doesn’t come out,” said Hessler.

Banner County, Bayard, Community Christian, Longfellow, and Valley Home School participated on Wednesday afternoon. Morrill, Geil, Lincoln, Minatare Lacy, St. Agnes, Bridgeport, Lincoln Heights, and Westmoor visited on Thursday.

The event was possible with the help of over 35 volunteers.

“We have a good solid volunteers,” said Myers. “We have about 3-4 brand new volunteers with most of them being retired teachers.”

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