Hail, storm or even Covid for that matter could not deter the learning of the students of DPS, RAK. A virtual field trip to the Nicholas Conservatory Garden, USA was organized for the students of grade III-V on May 6, while the students of grades VI and VII took off to NASA headquarters in the city of Washington, D.C., United States on May 10.
The edu-trip allowed the learners to engage with authentic artifacts and explore the butterfly conservatory and NASA headquarters. The facilitators created an enthralling experience of boarding the flight to the States, keeping in mind the required safety measures. The students were given badges that served as an entry ticket to the institutions.
The trip was designed to instill research and inquiry skills amongst the young minds. The students acquired facts about butterfly’s life cycle, types of butterflies and many such interesting facts. The trip concluded with multiple fun activities to enhance learning and tapped onto many possibilities for peer interaction.
The first activity was origami when the students and the teachers made butterflies. The students later decorated it in their unique style. The pop quiz followed soon after. It helped students revisit significant facts from the video.
The Virtual edu- trip enabled students to make connections and compare theoretical information with practical situations. Students were encouraged to think critically and apply the knowledge acquired while on the trip to the real world through project-based learning. The students were assigned a project to recreate the life cycle of the butterfly using recourses at home.
Grades VI and VII
The students were introduced to the operations of NASA as the significant body responsible for astonishing scientific developments related to air and space. The students also learnt about the first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri who launched aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the International Space Station, where he stayed for eight days.
The real fun began when the students entered the International Space Station. The young and the prospective astronauts were given a tour of the space shuttle where they were familiarized about the daily routine of the astronauts. The students were also briefed about the strenuous training the astronauts undergo to take off to space. The students were particularly curious to learn about the equipment of the astronauts.
The excitement of the students piqued when it was the turn to explore the natural satellite of our planet, the Moon. The students were curious to acquire facts about the North and the South pole of moon. NASA had its sights set on the lunar South Pole, where no humans have gone before. The core intent behind this mission is to tap onto possibilities of water. The mission remains at the heart of the long -term exploration by NASA in the year of 2024.
From the colossal and mesmerizing world of the outer space, the students returned to Earth packed with heaps of learning. As a part of experiential learning, the students were assigned a hands-on project showcasing their journey. The students were given a choice to represent their learning by creating paraphernalia of the astronauts.