Penn High School upperclassmen in Mr. Poling’s science classes took a field trip to the Mishawaka River Walk early this school year. This is the first time that Penn students have taken a science inquiry field trip.

Mr. Poling used this trip as an eye-opening experience for students to learn more about the connection between the local area we live in to the concepts taught in the classroom.

Earth and Space Science looks at exploring the process of rocks and how they move, are shaped, and formed. Oceanography is looking at the movement of species and the role fresh water is taking as it meets the ocean. AP Environmental Science explores all of these topics and how they relate to pollution, sustainability, and the impact that humans have on water ecosystems. The information learned on this trip will be used in class later in the year.

Mr. Poling suggests that if you are interested in science, then taking one of these classes may excite you even more. Education begins when you open yourself to a new challenge.



By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to