Students enrolled in AP Physics, AP Calculus, or AP Chemistry offerings had the opportunity to visit the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Teachers Doug Rosenberg, Michelle Schrader, and Michele Famoso brought a total of 54 students along to show them how the subjects they are studying can apply outside of the classroom.
The trip was motivated by the arrival of M.C. Escher’s traveling exhibit, “Infinite Variations”, at the Fenimore Art Museum. M. C. Escher is well known by artists, mathematicians, and scientists alike for his unique ability to merge elements from the STEM disciplines with Art. The students on this trip had studied many of the mathematical and scientific principles found in his artwork throughout the school year.
Students and chaperones had the opportunity to visit other exhibits in the Fenimore Art Museum, home to collections including “The Coopers of Cooperstown” and “The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art”. From there, the bus took them to the Farmers’ Museum for a peek at New York State’s rural past. Students followed a guided tour, visited the farm animals, and were treated to a carousel ride near the end.
“The field trip was a fun, enriching experience for our students,” said teacher Michele Famoso. “Witnessing the fusion of art, mathematics, and science in M.C. Escher’s work reinforced the relevance and applicability of the subjects they study. It was a great day that I hope left a lasting impression helping them to bridge the gap between theory and real-world applications.”