The Delaware Academy of Science was formed in 1961. The Academy acquired a one room school house, Iron Hill School #112c, in 1968. A number of volunteers, over the years, have used this building to develop a natural history museum. For over 40 years this museum has been the site where elementary school classes have visited and learned about the geology, archaeology and human history of the Iron Hill area.
At the Iron Hill Science Center we provide a place for students, of all ages, to get out of the classroom and into the Iron Hill Park around the Center. A place where you can go into the woods, see the open pit iron mine site where Colonial settlers mined for minerals to extract iron for their tools and building materials.
There is evidence in the woods around the Center showing where Native Americans collected the mineral Jasper to make projectile points, axes and for trading with other tribes. We offer students the opportunity to get their hands on the artifacts in the museum and in the woods around the museum. We want them to get the feel of the natural elements as well as the flora and fauna of this area. We then want them to explain and write about what they have learned.
Each year we conduct a number of different Boy Scout merit badge programs. In addition there are a number of Eagle Scout projects that are carried out around the Iron Hill Museum.
The Iron Hill Museum also offers an opportunity to introduce students to the education of African Americans in the Iron Hill area from the early 1920’s through to 1965 when Iron Hill School 112c stopped being a school. We have collected oral histories of the alumni that went to the school and have developed a lesson plan built around their experience as
well as a video that presents images and excerpts of the interviews.
The Academy’s main focus is the operation of the Iron Hill Science Center and Museum, but we also sponsor awards for middle school and high school students who achieve in the annual Delaware Science Olympiad competition. The Academy also recognizes two achieving Juniors in one area of Science or Engineering each year. While we have staff that conducts the programs, we have opportunities and the need for volunteers to enhance these programs and to maintain