National Geographic virtual field trip to Rising Star cave system
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  • September 27, 2017
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Copper Mill Elementary School fifth and sixth grade gifted students were selected by National Geographic and ExploringBytheSeat.com to have a camera spot in a Google Hangout with a leading paleoanthropologist, Dr. Lee Berger. This was an optional enrichment activity that showcased the recent South African fossil find in the Rising Star cave system. Students took a virtual field trip to the Rising Star cave system in South Africa on September 21 and were able to ask questions of Dr. Berger and his expert team.
The Rising Star cave system was the site of an astonishing discovery of over 1,500 fossil elements. In September, 2015, these fossils were identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that Dr. Berger and his team named Homo naledi.
In addition to spending time with Dr. Berger in South Africa, students were able to meet with Dr. Juliet Brophy, a biologic anthropologist and professor at LSU on September 14, 2017. Dr. Brophy served with Dr. Berger in South Africa, and she provided  background information to students. This virtual field trip and guest speaker allowed students to connect with professionals in the field of anthropology and geology.
 

Front Row: Terrolyn Woodridge, Jerrolyn Brees, Kristen Cook, Nicholas Funk, Ava Nichols, Ella Brown, Paige Coulon, Blaire Bentley, Nyllah Allen, Alexis Williams
Second row: Zadrian Blacher, Riley Ammons, Emma Carls, Tina Nguyen, Izzy Blackledge, Chloee DeLee, Benji Dixon, Chandler Duggan, Ainslie McNabb, 
Middle Row: Cal Cassard, Cameron Dilney, William O'Brian, Fischer Romero, Hannah Jett, Leila Alexander, Madyson Bell, Tess Fullerton, Evelyn Deroche, Daksh Garg, Kaylin Cooper, Trae McDavid, Parker Castleberry, John Bradley, Brady Burrell, Nathan Gomila, Noah Carter, Jaiden Anderson, Carson Woodard, Paul Guillory, Noah Faust
Back Row: Mrs. Laurie Condon, National Geographic Ambassador, Emma Todd, Taylor Covington, Russell Wells, Fabian De La Cruz, Micah Gaines, Kadra Bates, Dr. Juliet Brophy, Professor at LSU, Lillie Derouen, Maggie Charlet, Samuel Rodriquez, Devin Beathley, Jayden Bergeron, Mrs. Aimee Perrodin, April Richardson, Mrs. Laura Grubb

Dr. Juliet Brophy

Dr. Juliet Brophy

Dr. Juliet Brophy

Virtual Field Trip with Dr. Lee Berger at Rising Star cave system.

Virtual field trip with Dr. Lee Berger to Rising Star cave system