August 21, 2017 - Franklin Discovery's Epic Field Trip to Totality
One hundred thirty five students and parents from Franklin Discovery Academy, a local K-6 charter school in Vineyard, Utah travelled to Idaho Falls, Idaho to experience first-hand the Great American Eclipse.
Franklin Discovery has as a core philosophy a mission to provide real-life experiences for students with opportunities for exploration and discovery. Students had the option to attend an eclipse party at the school or participate in a field trip to the Zone of Totality. Students left at 4:30 in the morning and made it to the viewing location at host school American Heritage Charter School in Idaho Falls by 10:00am. Fortunately, predictions of standstill traffic did not materialize and all students safely made the round-trip in about 12 hours.
“Our kids will cherish this memory for a lifetime!” exclaimed one parent. “Best field trip ever!”
Temperatures dropped twenty-two degrees and the air went still as students got to experience the jaw-dropping moment of totality. “It was like the sun was inside out,” said awe-struck kindergartener Lance.
Students spontaneously erupted in excited gasps and loud applause as totality turned day to night. “The sun’s gone! It’s really gone! It’s totally covered!” said fifth grader Aubrey. Sixth grader Cuen said it was “super awesome” and that he “even got to see the sparkle of Venus!”
“What an amazing universe we live in,” said fifth grader Abigail. “It was so awesome that I don’t have words to describe it.”
Franklin Discovery has a goal to create life-long learners with field trips and real- world experiences. The impact of this experience is only beginning. Two excited kindergartners started debating while on the ride home about which planet they wanted to visit first. When they were reminded about how much study it would take to become astronauts, they asked for pens so they could start “studying” their eclipse packet, a booklet of all things eclipse handed out to each students for the ride up and back.
Although some schools kept students inside for the eclipse and watched it on TV, Franklin Discovery strongly believes nothing can take the place of actual experience and braved the two-hundred fifty mile journey to experience the once in a lifetime event.
“Students will be talking about this one for days, weeks, and years to come. It will be hard to fully grasp the life-long impact such a trip can have on a young, inquisitive mind,” said school leaders.