First Field Trip for Academy Students – Aerospace All Day

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Students in C-130 cockpit
Students in C-130 cockpit

The students of the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at John Wallace Middle School took their first field trip today to Bradley Airport, Connecticut. They visited the New England Air Museum and the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing. Before the trip, the students studied the websites of both locations. Organized into 4-person crews, they picked goals for learning and questions to ask that the entire crew agreed  on.  Once at the destinations, the students worked together to find the answers to their crew’s goals and questions. Tomorrow, they will get a quiz based entirely on their goals and questions. In other words, the students chose what they wanted to learn on this trip, then were held accountable to actually learn it. The goals and questions they came up with were shared before the trip with the entire class, and they were all appropriate and pertinent to our learning objectives. Watching them today, I was proud of their inquisitiveness and diligence to understand what they saw. Both the museum staff and the Guard personnel were outstanding hosts. With the exception of a fender bender we suffered at the start of the trip, the day went very well. The following photos show some of what we did.

Students learn about spacesuits
Students learn about spacesuits
Walking out to a C-130
Walking out to a C-130
C-130 aircrew briefs students
C-130 aircrew briefs students
In the cockpit 2
Students try out the C-130 aircrew seats
Students on flightline
Walking off the flight line
Fender bender causes delay
Fender bender causes delay
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