16 May 2019
On 1 April, 28 students and four teachers from Assumption College set off on a trip to the United States, beginning in Orlando then moving up to Washington and then onto New York. The trip was mainly focused on the STEM aspect of learning as well as art and cultural.
Beginning in Orlando with a tour of the amazing Kennedy Space Centre, we looked at the launch sites of the rockets and undertook a special astronaut training program, which ran us us through life on a space station as well as various simulations and activities. The next day involved a bus trip to the Plantation Adventure Centre to swim with the surprisingly large manatees which, proved to be, for most, one of the favourite experiences of the trip . We wrapped up Orlando with a day at Limbitless, learning about and designing our own prosthetic limbs. We also toured of the University of Central Florida, as well as two days at the enormous Universal Studios where we undertook two workshops on the operation of the rides.
After arriving in Washington, our first day we visited the interesting Air and Space Museum followed by an eye opening trip through the Holocaust Museum. The next day we paid a visit to the Jefferson Building and a guided tour of the breathtaking Capitol Building.
To follow this we went to the beautiful Arlington Cemetery, looking at the graves of the soldiers who have served in combat including those from the Civil War. The night consisted of a dinner at a lovely restaurant followed by a swift trip to Wal-Mart which was exciting in itself!
The final day in Washington saw us walk to the enormous Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials followed by a trip to the Newseum. We departed Washington on a bus ride to New York.
Our first day in New York consisted of a guided tour of the art museum MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, providing an opportunity for the art students to experience first-hand the works of artists such as Vincent Van-Gogh and other amazing talents. Topping off the day was a show on Broadway Dear Evan Hansen.
The rest of the trip consisted of a trip to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as plenty of shopping in Times Square. The trip was rounded out with a stage combat class learning the technical skills involved in the fight scenes in stage shows. Then a tour, 69 floors in the air, of the Rockefeller Centre and finally a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.