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Homeschool group camps out, takes field trip

October 03, 2009

Members of the Western Maryland Homeschool Association recently camped on Assateague Island.

While there, the 15 members visited the discovery center which has a hands-on water display and had an up close encounter with a group of wild horses which visited the campsite one night.

Along with swimming and shell collecting, they camped on their own private beach area of the island and had their own private area of the beach in which to swim.

This is the second year the association has camped there and they hope to continue the tradition next year.

o Members of the Western Maryland Homeschool Association took a field trip to Discovery Station in Hagerstown recently.

The 28 members were from Cumberland, Md., Fairplay, Hagerstown, Smithsburg, Westernport, Md., and the surrounding Four-State area.

Discovery Station offers hands on and model exhibits in science, aviation, history and technology.

While there, they saw an exact replica of the Titanic built by Norman Little from plans and drawings of the original ship. The replica weighs more than 500 pounds and is complete with stained glass windows and replica scale model people.

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The group also saw and got to sit in a an airplane.

Also on display was a Mack Trucks diesel engine, which held the interests of several of the teen young men with the group. They could touch and look and learn about the various working parts on the cut-away engine. The engine was built in Hagerstown.

Another attraction that everyone seemed to love was the vision exhibit where there were hands-on activities for motion, color and several activities dealing with how the eyes work.

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