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Fascination turned to obsession

Charlotte Batty displays her geology collection.
Charlotte Batty displays her geology collection.

Sarah Croucher-Batty’s meeting of Angela Carter through a Facebook group and discussing their mutual interests turned into a great opportunity.

It resulted in the Springdale resident’s six-year-old daughter Charlotte receiving a care package from Carter, with rock and sand specimens from all over the world.
Two years ago the family cut cable and only used Netflix and Internet for television entertainment because they enjoy science and have a passion for learning.
After introducing her children to shows like "The Magic School Bus," "Sid the Science Kid," Sir David Attenbourgh documentaries, and "Cosmos,” Croucher-Batty said Charlotte started becoming very interested in science, particularly geology.
She became fascinated with rocks and fossils, after her mother bought her a few rock and fossil kits from the Scholastic book order. Her request for more rocks and to learn more resulted in her mother connecting with the graduate level geophysics student, who sent the care package.
Carter told Croucher-Batty how her father, a professor, helped foster her interest in science, and felt she could do the same to help the Grade 1 Indian River Academy student.
“Charlotte keeps them all in zip lock bags, with a label and description, in a bucket in her room,” said Croucher-Batty. “Both Charlotte and her younger brother Thaddeus love looking at the sand samples under their telescopes.”

The science behind it
Carter’s geophysics field school class travels to Baie Verte every year to carry out four days of field work. She said when she found out she would be taking them she knew she would have to stop at the Tourist Chalet/Butt's Esso to take a gravity measurement, and thought the kids would like to experience it and help out when they returned to Springdale junction.
The gravity station at the Green Bay Information Centre is a station set up by Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Geodetic Survey where the gravitational acceleration is known very well.  “
The kids had a great time and we're so excited to meet real scientists.  
It was an amazing experience, and now Charlotte wants a MUN hoodie for Christmas,” after seeing the students wearing theirs, her mother said.

It resulted in the Springdale resident’s six-year-old daughter Charlotte receiving a care package from Carter, with rock and sand specimens from all over the world.
Two years ago the family cut cable and only used Netflix and Internet for television entertainment because they enjoy science and have a passion for learning.
After introducing her children to shows like "The Magic School Bus," "Sid the Science Kid," Sir David Attenbourgh documentaries, and "Cosmos,” Croucher-Batty said Charlotte started becoming very interested in science, particularly geology.
She became fascinated with rocks and fossils, after her mother bought her a few rock and fossil kits from the Scholastic book order. Her request for more rocks and to learn more resulted in her mother connecting with the graduate level geophysics student, who sent the care package.
Carter told Croucher-Batty how her father, a professor, helped foster her interest in science, and felt she could do the same to help the Grade 1 Indian River Academy student.
“Charlotte keeps them all in zip lock bags, with a label and description, in a bucket in her room,” said Croucher-Batty. “Both Charlotte and her younger brother Thaddeus love looking at the sand samples under their telescopes.”

The science behind it
Carter’s geophysics field school class travels to Baie Verte every year to carry out four days of field work. She said when she found out she would be taking them she knew she would have to stop at the Tourist Chalet/Butt's Esso to take a gravity measurement, and thought the kids would like to experience it and help out when they returned to Springdale junction.
The gravity station at the Green Bay Information Centre is a station set up by Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Geodetic Survey where the gravitational acceleration is known very well.  “
The kids had a great time and we're so excited to meet real scientists.  
It was an amazing experience, and now Charlotte wants a MUN hoodie for Christmas,” after seeing the students wearing theirs, her mother said.

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