Science and history at the beach!
outside the classroom can make subjects more vivid and more
interesting to students. Eighth grade students, parents, and teachers
experienced this first hand when they traveled to Wilmington
and Carolina Beach on November 9 and 10. A total of 242 students and
joined ten teachers to learn about science and history on North
On the morning of November 9 the group
took a Carolina Ocean Studies tour of the Cape Fear inlet. They landed
on a protected island and learned about marsh creatures and blue crabs, and
they even sang to Periwinkle Snails! Next, they visited the North Carolina
Aquarium at Fort Fisher where they saw fresh and saltwater ecosystems and
the plants and animals that live in those environments. To top off the
day they boarded the Winner Ocean Princess Party Dance Ship at 8:00 PM.
As the group cruised up the Cape Fear River for two hours, the students danced
to their favorite tunes under strobe lights and a glass ceiling!
On Thursday, November 10, after some fun shopping on the boardwalk and
walking on Carolina Beach, the group toured the most decorated ship in US
naval history, the USS North Carolina, and were even allowed to eat in
the mess hall on the ship! Finally, it was time for a very tired group of students,
teachers and parents to board the buses for the long ride home. This educational field trip provided many opportunities for observation, investigation, and exploration.