August 2013 - GO Educational Tours
Different Things to See and Do on an NYC Field Trip
Different Things to See and Do on an NYC Field Trip.
Are you planning your next educational tour or class field trip to New York City? Why not try something different with your students or class.
A Museum of what?
One your next class trip to New York City try a different kind of attraction. There is a small museum not far from the Flat iron building dedicated to…Math!. Yes the Museum of Mathematics! No it’s not a museum where they exhibit paint by number art. But that would be a good idea. No, this museum is dedicated to math in its many forms.
Have you ever tried a bike with square wheels on a round road? Probably not, but using the right equations and some creative thinking you can ride this bike at the museum and it feels like a nice smooth ride. Join a workshop on various mathematical theories. Our last group from Kentucky had one on ‘Knot Theory’. The students learned about trefoils to pentafoils and how knot theory is used to push mathematical formulas. They even did human knots to show how the theory worked and applied.
There is this and more to discover at this very unique museum.
Another great fun stop on your next NYC field trip is the Jekyll and Hyde Club. This is a lunch or dinner theater restaurant combining mystery and horror with a light and fun touch. From talking gargoyles, to skeleton ventriloquists and detective waiters wandering the club, it is a great setting for an off-beat meal for your student group in NYC.
The Skyscraper Museum
As advertised, the museum is located in the foremost ‘vertical metropolis’. Learn more about these incredible buildings dotting the very recognizable skyline. Learn where the term skyscraper comes from and how and why we are able to build so high. There is a rich history behind the buildings you see and visit during your NYC field trip. From the Beaux-Arts style of the first skyscraper, the Flat Iron, to the Art Deco marvels of the Empire State, Rockefeller plaza and the Chrysler buildings to the modern and post modern structures. Lipstick building anyone?
So make sure to try something different on your next educational tour or class field trip to NYC.
Welcome Back to School
Welcome Back to School Edition
Educational Student Group Tours and Class Field Trips for Middle and High schools.
2014 Travel Season
We had a great 2013 travel season and one of the highlights was one of our groups featured on CNN during their class trip with us to Washington DC during the Presidential Inauguration last January.
See the video here
Now we are looking forward to 2014. Spring may be three seasons away and yet August / September is the best time to start planning a student group class trip.
GO TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS – $1,000
Earn a $500 GO Travel Scholarship just for booking a trip: Book any student group tour within North America by September 15th and receive a $500 travel scholarship for your group to reduce the price of their trip for the students.
For a group of 40 student this means a savings of over $10 per student.
Earn a $1,000 GO Travel Scholarship: Simply refer any other educator, organizer or colleagues to GO Educational Tours and when they book their travel you’ll receive an additional Travel Scholarship of $1,000 for your student trip.*
Customize your class trip plans by selecting one of the following destinations.
Plan your tour your way.
Chattanooga? Yes, Chattanooga!
Our New Favorite destination
Chattanooga is a great small town with plenty to see and do: from Ruby falls to Lookout Mountain to the Tennessee Aquarium it is well worth the detour. Combine this destination for your class trip with Nashville or Atlanta.
Our newest program features none other than the Music City itself. Combine a side trip to Chattanooga to see Ruby Falls and the Tennessee Aquarium or add a night or two in Atlanta.
A 3 day/2-night trip with 48 students and 4 complimentary chaperones starts at only $277 per student.
It’s a BIG World, GO Travel it!
** The GO Travel Scholarship is applicable at the moment we receive the initial non refundable deposit
** The GO Travel Scholarship does not have a monetary value and cannot be exchanged. It can only be applied against a future qualifying tour to be booked this year or the next. However, you may transfer the GO Travel Scholarship to a school you know travelling with GO.
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Educational Tours and class trips to Civil War Battlefields
Educational Tours and class trips to Civil War Battlefields
Part I: Atlanta 1864 and General Billy Sherman: Terrorist or Savior?
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, starring Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, was a long time coming. Period movies bring history and historical figures back to life, just as we of GO Educational Tours achieve when educating our student group tours. We may be biased as a Civil War enthusiasts, but the 150th anniversary of each battle fought during the war is ongoing, and we are currently organizing student tour groups for trips to several Civil War sites, including viewing some live battle reenactments. Click here for a schedule of upcoming Civil War battle reenactments, and educational trips for student groups to Atlanta/Chattanooga, Charleston, and others.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: The Union’s Launch Pad for its Invasion of Georgia
By 1864, the country had been awash in blood for three years, and after 350,000 casualties to that point, the war seemed as if it would never end. Support for the war by northern citizens was waning, there had been draft riots in New York City in July of 1863, northern newspapers mocked Lincoln with unflattering caricatures in cartoons, and Lincoln’s former head of the Union Army, Gen. George McClellan, was running against him for presidency. Lincoln had fired McClellan, one of five generals he replaced, two months after the Battle of Antietam for failing to pursue Lee and finish him.
Lincoln’s relationship with McClellan was strained from the outset. One time, Lincoln went to visit McClellan at a house where he was staying, and arriving early, Lincoln waited for McClellan in the living room. When McClellan arrived, he glanced at Lincoln in silence and walked right past Lincoln, up the stairs to his bedroom. After fifteen minutes, Lincoln sent a staff member to check on McClellan, who returned to tell Lincoln that the general had gone to sleep. The presidential election was approaching, his opponent was his former commander George McClellan, and Lincoln needed a big victory on the battlefield or he may lose office.
Personalities played a pivotal role in how the war unfolded, and much can be learned about combat leadership during the Civil War that can be relevant to leadership in private and public sector organizations in modern times. During our student group tours of Civil War battlefields, or sites embroiled in the conflict such as Atlanta and Charleston, we present both Northern and Southern perspectives on the war, and delve into how leaders’ personalities played an important role in the war’s outcome. Offering detailed anecdotes during student tours of Civil War Battlefields or Atlanta, Charleston, or Chattanooga can enliven the discussion and put a human face on history, making the learning experience more indelible.
Although the Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee had dominated in the war’s Eastern Theater, General Ulysses S. Grant had quietly been winning in the Western Theater, particularly in Tennessee, which did not receive as much press back East because it was further away from more populous Eastern cities. East Coast newspaper readers did not care so much about what was going on in Tennessee, and its strategic importance was not appreciated. Much was at stake, however. Controlling the Tennessee River and rail routes would inflate the impact of the Naval blockade off the east coast, choking off southern supplies.
In October and November of 1863, Confederates and Yankees fought a series of battles called “The Chattanooga Campaign”, each side jockeying for position around the area. Union forces had retreated to the Chattanooga area after being defeated badly at Chickamauga, but Union supplies were choked off by Confederates who held the surrounding area. Within days of Grant’s arrival in October, the situation began to change dramatically. Federal troops opened a supply route, nicknamed the “Cracker Line,” from Bridgeport, Alabama. Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, arrived from Vicksburg, MS, with 20,000 men in mid-November.
To be continued in Part II…Sherman, like Grant, was an odd character and an unlikely leader
Interested in joining us during the 150th reunion of the Civil War to celebrate Lincoln’s service to our country? Some of our Civil War related destinations for middle and high school student group tours are Gettysburg, PA and Antietam, MD (combined with a Washington, DC trip), Atlanta, GA (combined with Chattanooga, TN), and Charleston, SC. If there is another Civil War destination of interest, we also customize tours as requested.
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