“The Boston trip helped me because I learn better by seeing things and I’m not an auditory learner,” says Cynthia Hundley, a 10th grader.
“The science museum helped us with ACEs because our project is to build a museum exhibit,” says Frankie Holmes, a 10th grader.
“I got to know my classmates better and I had fun spending time with them,” says Meredith Mateo, a 10th grader.
All Trident Academy Upper School students went on a five-day trip in April 2012 to explore Atlanta and Boston. Travel and accommodations were funded by an anonymous donor.
“This is an opportunity that is truly unique to Trident Academy,” says Lalla Boatwright, director of the Upper School. “Every year, the Upper School takes a trip – we’ve been to Greece, the Galapagos Islands and the Grand Canyon in recent years. This year, our trip took us to an amazing city, and thanks to a generous donation, all our students had the opportunity to go.”
While in Atlanta, students visited BODIES… The Exhibition and the Georgia Aquarium, both focus on science. While at BODIES, the students got an informative view into the human body through displays of more than 200 actual human bodies and specimens. This exhibition complemented their science classes giving them an opportunity to look more closely at the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and circulatory systems. At the Georgia Aquarium, students explored Dolphin Tales, the new dolphin gallery and exhibit. The exhibit includes a musical theatrical performance that highlights the strong emotional bond between dolphins and humans.
After an incredible day of science in Atlanta, the students traveled to Boston where they explored one of the most historic cities in the nation, building on their studies in history, science, the arts, and even athletics.
The students took a famous Boston Duck Tour, viewed the City from the Skywalk Observatory, took a Segway tour (the highlight for many students!), visited the Town of Marblehead, checked out the Salem Witch Museum, toured The House of the Seven Gables, traveled the Freedom Walking Trail, and visited the USS Constitution Museum.
To complement their science-based learning in Atlanta, the students visited the Museum of Science where they watched a planetarium show and an IMAX movie.
They explored the Museum of Fine Arts and watched a performance of the Blue Man Group while at the Museum. Rounding out the trip, they toured Fenway Park, checked out the Sports Museum at TD Garden and watch the Boston Celtics take on the Miami Heat.
“I liked the Celtics game because I was with friends and I have not been to a lot of basketball games,” says Lucas Bybee, a 10th grader. I liked the art museum because it was entertaining and I want to start creating art.”
“I enjoyed the Museum of Fine Arts because there was a fashion exhibit,” says Morgan AvRutick, a 9th grader. “The fashion section was tons of fun because I got to learn how color has a major influence on fashion.”