Science Field Trips Enhance Curriculum

To complement the applications-based study of Physical Science, 9th Grade classes, led by Science teachers Nicole Grimes and Monica Ciantia, took advantage of the rich learning opportunities in New York City during the month of April.

The entire 9th grade visited the 2010 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 9. During the trip, intended to supplement a unit on how cars work, class members focused on car engines—V-shapes, displacement, horsepower, and torque. Armed with cameras and a partner, students scoured the exhibit looking for cars assigned for research. Back in the classroom, students prepared and gave formal presentations to their peers.

After an introduction to skyscraper design, ninth graders toured the Skyscraper Museum on April 20. Students became acquainted with the history of the World Trade Center, the planet’s tallest buildings, and plans for colossal skyscrapers in Asia. They also previewed a new exhibit, “The Rise of Wall Street,” which opened to the public the day after the York Prep class went to the museum. As part of the trip, students enjoyed a picnic lunch at Battery Park.

A unit on aviation in Ms. Grimes’ Physical Science classes provided great reason to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. A sunny, 75-degree day on April 22 supplied the perfect backdrop for an exploration of the vessel. Students also participated in an aerodynamics workshop, which culminated in a fun plane design competition. Besides learning about theIntrepid’s history, students became aware of different aircraft and how planes actually fly using their wings and numerous slats. Climbing aboard a retired Concorde airplane and a flight simulator sealed this trip as one of the most memorable for the students.