Elementary School Student Finds Meteorite

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 15:37 -- admin

Shortly after the April 2010 fall of the Mifflin meteorite in Wisconsin Robert A. Pritzker Collections Manager for Meteoritics and Polar Studies James L. Holstein went to the Iowa-Grant elementary school in the meteorite strewnfield to teach schoolchildren how to find meteorites. While the students were performing a demonstration for meteorite search after being instructed by Holstein, one of them was very lucky found a piece of Mifflin on the school ground (see photos on the right). The educational event, the meteorite search and the lucky find by the kid was covered live by CNN.

The piece found by the student Jackson McCluskey has been recently loaned to the Field Museum by its current owner private meteorite collector and Field Museum Collections & Research Committee member Mr. Terry Boudreaux.

Robert A. Pritzker Collections Manager for Meteoritics and Polar Studies James L. Holstein teaches schoolchildren how to find meteorites. © The Field Museum, Photographer: Orly Telisman.

A happy elementary school student Jackson McCluskey with the piece of Mifflin he found minutes before the picture was taken. © The Field Museum, Photographer: Orly Telisman.