Washington DC Science Trip
During the October half term, a group of 29 students and 3 staff visited Washington DC and the local area for 6 days. The main emphasis was visiting a wide range of science museums from the Smithsonian institutions along the Mall, the international spy museum and the Maryland Science center. Normally during each visit there was a dedicated educational workshop or a local educator who gave us an insight to the exhibits. There was also the opportunity to see some of the main sights such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House and have a cruise along the Potomac river.
There were so many fantastic sights, museums and monuments we visited during our trip to Washington DC. For me the most informative and enjoyable was the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space museum. I was particularly impressed seeing the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Blackbird supersonic spy plane. The photos that I had previously seen did not do these fantastic aircraft justice. To see them in the fresh was a once in a lifetime experience which I will never forget.
My favourite visit had to be the Crime and Punishment museum because I was really interested in the minds of criminals and some of the things they do. John Dillinger’s death mask and the car in which Bonnie and Clyde were killed, were particular highlights. It was also interesting for us to try different forensic techniques during our ‘solve a murder’ workshop.
The most memorable part of the trip was our visit to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. There was so much to see and do from taking selfies with sharks to observing rare and unusual jellyfish.
There was plenty of time to explore the exhibits in the Aquarium and we saw creatures you don’t very often see in captivity elsewhere. I particularly enjoyed seeing the poison dart frogs.
My most memorable activity was going to the Newseum because I loved being a presenter on TV for a day.