Upper School Students Explore the Story of Pompeii

When was the last time you visited Portland's famed Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)? Well, if you're a member of the Class of 2021 the answer is this week!

All of OES's ninth graders ventured off campus on Wednesday to experience OMSI's current featured learning experience, entitled Pompeii: The Exhibition. The exhibit contains hundreds of artifacts and information related to the residents of Pompeii, which was a Roman city-town buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

While there, students were on the lookout for particular items that stood out to them, taking pictures with their phones and recording mental notes about what they saw.

Upon returning to the classroom the following day, Autumn Apperson's students first had a group discussion. "What was your main takeaway?" queried Autumn. "I was really interested in how the rediscovery of the city happened," shared Connor Mc.C '21. "It made me think that if Portland was covered in ash, what would people see 100 years later that would give them ideas of how we did things? Like what would they think about us if they looked at a water bottle?"

Students then fanned out across the room to have a "social hour," where they rotated amongst pairs talking about the exhibit's objects that most resonated with them. The gladiator helmet on display was a popular choice. "To me it represented—because it's very decorative—a lot of pride, because the gladiators were like athletes today, where people looked up to them," explained Kendall K. '21. "If they lived long enough, then they could buy their way out and get their freedom."

Well done to the students for participating in this experience with such gusto!

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