ELKHART -- Teachers around the country are faced with doing more with less because of tight school budgets, and that includes having little or no funding for field trips. However, an Elkhart science teacher found a way to provide field trips for her students, without even leaving school.
It may not look like it, but these 8th graders never left their school. But they are on a field trip, exploring a cave complex inside Pierre Moran Middle School.
Science teacher Holly Yoder and staffers built the 360-foot long indoor cave maze out of cardboard and duct tape. It includes rock formations, stalactites, animal skulls and running water.
“We are trying to make this as real as we can,” said Yoder. “This is a way for the kids to see what a cave is like, without actually going into a cave. It’s obviously safer than being in a cave and the kids can interact with the cave.”