Walking Through Time with Indiana Jones: A Successful Adventure!
Roper Mountain

Check out the facilities at Roper Mountain Science Center where Walking Through Time with Indiana Jones was held.


Roper Mountain Science Center
05/11/2008

On Saturday May 10th, Roper Mountain Science Center, in conjunction with teachers and students from ten Greenville County schools, hosted the interactive and multidisciplinary learning exhibition, Walking Through Time with Indiana Jones. Approximately 2000 guests from across the Carolinas and Georgia were treated to an exciting day of learning and fun as they explored The Mountain in true "Indy style". From trekking the rainforest and digging for fossils to mapping an archaeological site, adventurers both young and old were provided hands-on activities that left more than one participant claiming, "I feel like Indiana Jones!" And thanks to Andrew Stezco of Art in History, like Indy, one hundred children made off with their own priceless treasure, a reproduction ancient artifact that they were able to create themselves.


Visitors Checking out the WWI Display

All across The Mountain, numerous student-created displays told Indy’s story through the real history that he learned and events that he witnessed. The themes of these displays included: Ancient China, Ancient Greece, World Mythology, Teddy Roosevelt and the Conservation Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the Suffrage Movement, Innovations in Transportation, World War I and World War II. One visiting teacher noted, "It’s wonderful how you have woven together such a wide variety of topics using the character of Indiana Jones as the common thread."

Despite the active work of technology gremlins shortly before the gates opened, several of David Schneider’s outstanding "Young Indy" documentaries were shown throughout the course of the day, including, Ecology: Pulse of the Planet, Archaeology: Unearthing Our Past, Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Norman Rockwell: American Dreams, and Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz. Many thanks go to Mr. Schneider for assisting with the technical difficulties as well as for sharing his expertise on documentary filmmaking and storytelling with our teachers and students on Friday and Saturday.


Dr. Reynolds Lecturing on the Archaeology of Indiana Jones

While there was truly something for everyone, the highlight for many was The Archaeology of Indiana Jones presented by none other than real-life adventurer/archaeologist, Dr. David West Reynolds. Beginning with two school group talks on Friday morning, followed by a standing-room only performance on Friday night for the members of the Roper Mountain Association, Dr. Reynolds was informative, engaging and entertaining as he not only delivered the real history behind Raiders of the Lost Ark but was equally uplifting in his message to children to never give up on their dreams. On Saturday, he continued to enthrall audiences with his captivating tales of adventure and scientific exploration and was kind enough to stay afterward for a book signing. Through five shows (including a live-feed to a packed overflow room) nearly 1000 people were able to learn from and be inspired by the adventures of Dr. Reynolds.

Everyone who attended was complementary and appreciative of all that went into making the day a success. And everyone has a special memory that they’ll take away. For me, the best part of it all was seeing the countless children decked out in fedoras, leather jackets and kit bags with bits of rope dangling from their belt where a whip should be. Wide-eyed they moved from exhibit to exhibit, desperately trying to take it all in, all the while asking, "Is this where I get my passport stamped?" Maybe, just maybe, one of those young adventurers will look back in years to come and remember that day as the day they realized that learning can be fun.


-TR

The Crew: (From Left to Right) Thomas Riddle, Dr. Reynolds, Michael Weeks, David Schneider, Wes Dodgens, Loyd Henderson

School Displays


Archaeology Display
Beck Academy

World War I Display
Mauldin High

World War II Display
Travelers Rest High

Harlem Renaissance Display
Travelers Rest High

Innovations in
Transportation Display

Riverside Middle

Ancient China Display
Woodmont Middle

Ancient Greece Display
Riverside High

Teddy Roosevelt and
the Conservation Movement Display

Berea High

World of
Mythology Displays

Sterling School

Japanese Mythology Display
Sterling School

African Mythology Display
Sterling School

Inuit Mythology Display
Sterling School

Norse Mythology Display
Sterling School

Celtic Mythology Display
Sterling School

Chinese Mythology Display
Sterling School

Hinduism Mythology Display
Sterling School

Egyptian Mythology Display
Sterling School

Aztec & Mayan
Mythology Display

Sterling School

Native American Mythology Display
Sterling School

Aboriginal Mythology Display
Sterling School

Maori Mythology Display
Sterling School
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Activities of the Day


Chocolate Chip Cookie Excavations

Chocolate Chip Cookie Excavations

Art in History

Art in History

Archaeological Digs

Archaeological Digs

Woodworking

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy

Silk Display

Reconstruct a T-Rex

Forensic Analysis Display

WWI Artifacts
Presented by Mr. Dicey

WWI Artifacts
Presented by Mr. Dicey

WWII Artifacts
Presented by Lynn Duncan
& Ron Sluder

Ron Sluder Recounting
His Days in WWII

Passport Starting Point

Throwing an Atlatl

Archery

Exploring the Rainforest

Exploring the Rainforest

Life of
Indiana Jones
Display


Life of Indiana Jones Display

Life of Indiana Jones Display

Artifacts from Indy's
Time in Chicago

Indy & Ernest Hemingway

Indy in World War I

Indy in World War I

Indy in World War II

Indy's Childhood Travels

Indy in China
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Props brought
by Dr. Reynolds


Fertility Idol Prop

Grail Diary Prop

Holy Grail Prop
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Student Created Documentaries & CrazyTalks


Documentary on The Outcomes of WWI
Created by: Michael Hanners, Mauldin High School

CrazyTalk of Czar Nicholas II
Created by: Tyler Stuck, Mauldin High School
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