My name is Dan Leutton and I’m a Senior Physics Teacher at Grace Lutheran College based in Australia
I wanted to inspire students in the area of Physics. I’ve been teaching now for eights year.
I love seeing my students finally grasping a concept I’m trying to teach them. The holidays aren’t so bad either.
I had always wanted to visit the Kennedy Space Center at NASA Orlando and thought that it was an amazing opportunity for my students. It’s the kind of trip they may not have the opportunity to experience again.
I found EA School Tours through an email that was passed on to me from my Head of Department. Getting the trip approved wasn’t too difficult. I had to speak to our Deputy Principal and submit a proposal to our Senior Leadership Team. They discussed the proposal and approved it.
We had a trip rep accompany us on both trips I’ve run. This was super handy; their prior knowledge of the area was amazing.
My students were most excited about doing the NASA tour at Kennedy Space Center. But the NBA basketball game we attended and Universal Studios were big drawcards as well.
Going through USA Customs and keeping them all together through the airports was the biggest challenge I faced. The rest was a breeze.
I think school trips are important to a child’s education. They enable students to see how science and the concepts they’re learning in the classroom are applied in real-world situations
My students absolutely loved the trip. After speaking to a couple of them, a few of them developed interests in different aspects we covered in the trip. For example, a couple were really interested in learning more about space exploration.
The enjoyment and wonder on their faces when we go to the activities. It’s extremely satisfying to know you’re giving them an experience of a lifetime.
In my opinion, I think the biggest challenges STEM teachers face are how to teach new concepts creatively and the access we have to new resources.
I would encourage any teacher to organise an international school trip. It's a rewarding experience and EA School Tours make things very easy to organise and the trip runs very smoothly.
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