Sunday, December 22, 2013

I recently took a group of students from Key West Collegiate Academy, a charter school located on the campus of Florida Keys Community College, on a field trip to Physics Day at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

After a seven-hour ride, I decided to take the students to a bowling party, though some opted for shopping at Target. After three hours of a great time bowling, we headed back to the hotel. The students wanted to go swimming at 11 p.m. I told them they have 20 minutes but to be very quiet as the pool closes at 11. It was about 30 seconds after the first splash that security asked them nicely to get out of the pool. Rather enjoyable for me.

I put them in their rooms, with tape on the doors, and I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

We arrived at Bush Gardens at 8:30 a.m.; the park opened at 9 for Physics Day participants, an hour before the park opened to the general public. This allowed them to experience the velocity, acceleration and G- forces while riding roller coasters that we studied prior to our trip.

In addition, they had experiment stations throughout the park for hands-on learning that were manned by college students from the University of South Florida.

At 3 p.m. we were scheduled for our presentation by Dr. David Wright, professor of physics at Tidewater Community College in Virginia for a high- energy very entertaining demonstration of the laws of physics we studied.

By 5 p.m. everyone was exhausted and ready for the ride home.

This trip was a great experience for the students, and I can highly recommend this field trip for math teachers.