A group of 47 Science and Environmental Studies students from Dubai Gem Private School, accompanied by five faculty members, went for a 10-day educational trip to the United States in September.
The trip was designed to provide a first-hand overseas learning experience to develop the students’ leadership skills, social competence, inter-cultural, social and factual understanding.
The trip began with a guided tour of New York City, which gave the students a feel of the vivid and dynamic financial and cultural aspects of the mega city. The students visited the iconic 360-degree observation deck located on the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building, which gave them a bird’s eye view of the Manhattan skyline and a snapshot of the latest trends in building design and construction that have shaped this iconic part of the city over the years.
A visit to Ellis Island exposed the students to a new ecological setup in the USA and gave them opportunities to compare and contrast a temperate eco system with the UAE desert eco system. The breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty was one of the most enjoyable experiences of the trip to the Big Apple.
The group then visited Washington DC, the nation’s capital, where a trip to the Lincoln Memorial provided the students with a better understanding of the history that has made the United States into one of the world’s most influential countries.
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum helped the students experience the sensation of flying an F-18 in realistic flight simulators and explore the history of the U.S. space programme.
At the Niagara Falls, the students understood the principles of generating hydroelectricity and the awesome power of flowing water. Meanwhile, a delicious stop off at the Hershey’s chocolate factory, gave the group a look at the intricate processes that went into the manufacture of the delicious bars of chocolate they were munching on!
The much-awaited visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, did not disappoint! The students attended a three-day programme filled with innovative activities, hands-on experiences, in the exploration of space science and aviation; technology, engineering and mathematics. The group also had the privilege of an interactive session with astronaut John Blaha. His experiences in space and his valuable insights on the significance and importance of the space programme had the students enthralled.
The finale of the trip was a visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, where students enjoyed a thrill-packed day.
All too soon though, it was time to head back to Dubai after ten highly eventful and exciting days. The students returned with indelible memories of a trip that widened their horizons, challenged their imaginations and taught them some valuable life skills.
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