Excursion Week 2019!

Monday, March 11th marked the beginning of Excursion Week here at Florida Prep. Each year Excursion Week gives our students the opportunity to take learning outside of the classroom and participate in a different educational field trip each day for four days. Accompanying these trips are photo journal assignments that measure the level of comprehension and benefit of each day.  A study published by Emilyn Ruble Whitesell suggested that science-based field trips have a positive impact on middle school student’s state science test performance. For Florida Prep it is easy to see the benefits of these trips as our students return reinvigorated and ready for a strong finish to the school year.

The first day of Excursion Week sent our students in both middle and high school to Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. Here our students had a fully packed day and were able to take a tour of the Old Jail and the Florida Heritage Museum, take a trolley tour through the city, learn about colonial medicine at the Spanish Military Hospital Museum and explore the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest and largest masonry fort in the United States.

Group shot of students at the Navy SEAL Museum

Day two had our middle school and high school separated on different trips. Our middle school students were able to visit the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce and participate in their Obstacle Course before heading to the Sebastian Inlet to learn about local marine life. They finished the day with a trip to Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum to learn about the historic 1715 Spanish treasure fleet shipwreck. High School had a vastly different day at the Canterbury Retreat Center participating in a low-ropes course that tested their ability to work together as a team to complete a task. This involved an obstacle course that they were also able to complete involving high ropes and wall climbing.

On the third day of Excursion Week middle school went off to SeaWorld for a marine life class centered around conservation and rehabilitation of aquatic animals. High School went to Universal Studios to learn about what it takes to build and run roller coasters. They had the opportunity to learn from engineers from Universal about the physics behind one of their most popular rides, The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. For both middle and high school, after their educational classes, they were able to experience the theme parks with a different perspective.

Both schools were back together on the last day with a trip to Medieval Times. They got to learn about the Medieval Era, including medieval-style games, sword-fighting, and jousting. They also had the opportunity to experience what it was like to eat during that time with no silverware, while enjoying the dinner theater show and cheering on their favorite Knight.

Four students visiting Buckingham Palace

There were other options for Excursion Week that some students took advantage of. Four of our Falcons ventured to Europe to tour museums and historical sites through EF Educational Tours. They went to places like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Stonehenge. Eleven students went on our Florida Springs trip to several National Parks around Florida to learn about our natural springs. They were able to go snorkeling, fly fishing and kayaking while learning from their tour guides. A small number of Seniors opted to visit college campuses with their families to help them with their upcoming decisions on higher education.

While the week was packed full of exciting trips, the main component each day was still education. Every year this week grants our students the rare opportunity to step outside of the classroom and get real-world experiences that relate back to their in-class education. No matter which trip they decided to go on there was something to pique everyone’s interest. Excursion Week is one of the most anticipated weeks of the whole school year and it is easy to see why our students can’t wait for it to come around every year.

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