Whenever the opportunity arises, I like to take our students outside of the school building to explore the world-famous city in which we are located.
So when I was given the option of taking a group of middle schoolers on an entire week's worth of field trips during Build Week, I jumped at the opportunity. With Mr. Basu's help, I planned five days of activities, intended to be fun and educational while giving the students some fresh air and exercise. The travelogue of our week is below!
Day One: Hyde Street Pier
We took the 30 bus to Fisherman's Wharf, to explore the historical ships at the Maritime National Historical Park. Students enjoyed walking around the interior of the ships docked there, but seemed to equally enjoy running around on the grass lawn adjacent to the cable car turnaround before returning to school.
Day Two: Twin Peaks
This was the day when I was the most anxious about the weather, as walking from the Forest Hill MUNI station to the top of Twin Peaks and back down to the Castro MUNI station would have been most unpleasant in the rain. However, we were greeted by an almost perfect day. Seven high school students chose to accompany us on this trip, so we had a large group of fourteen Proofniks enjoying the view from the top of the southern peak. It was a super-hilly 3.5 mile hike!
Day Three: The Exploratorium
Of course, many of our students have been to the Exploratorium many times before, but it's always fun to go back! On the way there, we discovered a surprise squircle that I had never seen before--see the picture below. Afterwards, as a reward for their excellent behavior so far, students were rewarded with a treat at Boba Guys on the way back to school.
Day Four: Tenderloin Museum
The Tenderloin Museum opened in July 2015, and does not seem to be very well-known yet—but it should be! We walked to the museum on the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth, and first explored the museum displays on our own. Then we were led on a guided tour of the neighborhood by a museum employee. Personally, I enjoyed all the exhibits explaining the history of the Tenderloin, but from the students' point of view, by far the most interesting item on display was a working manual typewriter! The students wrote a petition on the typewriter, requesting that we acquire a typewriter for them to play with at school.
Day Five: MOMA
We wrapped up our week of field trips by visiting the new Museum of Modern Art. Hopefully our students gained a bit of new cultural insight despite having to exercise considerable restraint in an art museum. NOTE: The guard in the picture below is not real!
-- Steve Gregg