A Science Tale: Target Takes Miami Students on Field Trip of a Lifetime

June 7, 2017 - Article reads in
Two students point at an aquarium window where a shark is swimming by

From outer space to ocean life—60 students made fun-filled discoveries on a field trip to Miami’s newly opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. There, they got a first look at the museum’s highly anticipated new exhibits and facilities, including a planetarium and multi-level aquarium.

A class of students in bullseye sunglasses in front of the Frost Science Museum sign

Target worked with the museum to support this event (and more like it in the coming year), providing entrance passes and buses for Miami schools that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to visit. And our local volunteers tagged along to help teachers staff the event, pass out snacks and sunglasses, and encourage the kids to explore and learn. The goal? Help more youth develop interests in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“This is something our students will always remember: the first time they came to the new Frost Science museum,” said Diana Ocana, a science teacher at Miami Springs Middle School. “Even though it’s close to us, a lot of these students would not have the opportunity to come if it wasn’t for Target.”

Students pet stingrays in the touch tank

In the air and under the sea
So which parts of the trip did the kids like most? An exhibit on flight was a big hit. “It taught us about aerodynamics and the history of planes,” said Anthony, a student at Miami’s iPrep Academy. “I learned how things are more or less aerodynamic, like how birds use their wings to fly. There was an area where we could create our own planes which allowed us to be more hands-on to understand it better."

His classmate, Bianca, agreed: “The paper airplanes were fun. Playing with them using the air vortex and the launching pad was pretty cool.”

Meanwhile, the aquarium offered an up-close look at all kinds of marine life. “Students enjoyed the touch tanks—feeling the skin of a sting ray and checking to see if it had a stringer in the back,” Ocana said. “It’s good that they can touch and feel everything because kinesthetic touch helps them learn.”

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