The Best Field Trip Since 1969!
On this day, 52 years ago, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (born 1930) landed on the Moon in the greatest engineering accomplishment of the 20th century!
Today, just outside dusty Van Horn, Texas a small team of private citizens blasted off in the Blue Origin rocket called the Alan Shepard. The rocket was named after Alan Shepard (1923-1998), the astronaut who, in 1961 became the first American and the second man to travel into space. Ten years later, Shepard also walked on the Moon.
Best Field Trip since 1969! Private citizens Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, & Oliver Daemen became astronauts after an 11-minute space flight w/ 3 minutes of weightlessness in the 1st Field Trip 66.3 miles above Earth on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket! @blueorigin (Links to an external site.) https://t.co/Y1FvwsdlKu (Links to an external site.)
— HTeague (@TweetTeague) July 20, 2021 (Links to an external site.)
Field Trips or Field Excursions have been a foundational component of educational and instructional practice . Two notable Critical Thinkers, Friedrich Froebel and John Dewey encouraged educational excursions (Woods, 1937). The Existentialist Henry David Thoreau and his brother John are considered to be the first teaching pair to include field excursions in their Concord curriculum circa 1839 (Lunsford, 2019).
The Blue Origin private citizens Jeff Bezos, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk, Mark Bezos, and Oliver Daemen became astronauts when they took an 11-minute field trip, including 3 minutes of weightlessness in the first Field Trip 66.5 miles (351, 210 feet) above Earth!
What are your thoughts on today’s flight?
Read More Here: https://www.space.com/blue-origin-jeff-bezos-first-astroanut-launch-crew
Taking a Field Trip from PBS Learning Media: https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/educators/technique-guide/taking-a-field-trip/ (Links to an external site.)Oregon Public Broadcasting, (Links to an external site.)2014.
Lunsford, M. (2019). Lunsford Column: The Real Value of Field Trips. Indiana News and Tribune. https://www.newsandtribune.com/opinion/lunsford-column-the-real-value-of-field-trips/article_e4b9c688-2b37-11ea-a88c-e38452f95e29.html (Links to an external site.)
Woods, H. (1937). A study of the origin and development of the educational excursion and field trip. https://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4940&context=etd/ (Links to an external site.)