Disney Travelers made connections to their entire school schedule during their day at EPCOT.
As the park designed to embrace and encourage innovations, the most obvious connections were to their science, robotics, video production and technology classes. Travelers took on the role of astronaut-in-training as they traveled to Mars on Mission: Space. They were engineers on Test Track, where they designed their own vehicle and then tested in on a track to determine its efficiency, responsiveness, etc under a variety of conditions. Each of these attractions included additional experiences and activities that put our students' knowledge to the test. Many other attractions provided the travelers with the chance to design prototypes and then test them in simulators.
Conservation and ecosystems were another topic studied today as park of Turtle Talk with Crush, The Seas with Nemon and Friends and Circle of Life. They even got to tour a butterfly garden. Living with the Land was a boat tour through a number of farming innovations EPCOT Researchers are trying in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture. Here there are vertical gardens, fish farming, integrated aquaculture and so much more. Any guesses on how much lettuce can be produced in 2 of the grids posted?
Spaceship Earth took students back in time, and connected to their 7th grade social studies class with Mr. Williams. They toured the inventions that contributed to advancements in communications, which included developments made by the Egyptians, Phonecians, etc. Check back tomorrow for more descriptions of the social studies learning that took place today.
Pixar also had a series of "shorts" that utilized 3-D technology. As Pixar's John Lasseter says, "the art challenges the technology and the technology challenges the art." EPCOT and its attractions are probably the best example of these connections.