Overview. This La Belle field trip was held in May 2017 at the Bob Bullock Museum. The field trip created for 75 7th graders focused on the navigation tools used the era of the La Belle that were created by mathematicians. This field trip was without doubt a team effort. Each intern during this semester was assigned a project to complete for the field trip. Lauren challenged us to "create activities that would display and explain the navigation instruments and reveal the mathematical relationships in them through interactive activities." (Lauren) Students assembled a parallel ruler to take home as part of one of the stations of the field trip. Students really enjoyed this making opportunity and Ashley Cauich, the intern who designed the parallel rulers and headed the station, had lots of fun as well.
Nocturnal. My share of this field trip was to help design the nocturnal, an instrument used to determine time based on the relative positions of two stars, the big and little dipper. There were many designs, some more confusing than others. It was not until my fourth try that I was able to get the nocturnal we ended up using for the field trip (displayed in the students' hand). Students were challenged to interpret the many markings on the parts of the nocturnal. They had to relate the nocturnal to a display showing the motion of the dippers around the north star (nocturnal is attached to it on the board) and to then connect that to the rotating dials.
Reflection. It I was told that I would be part of a team that put on a math field trip my freshmen year, I would probably laugh for a good five minutes. This is because I did not know about making. The best part of it is that you can learn how to do all these cool things if you are passionate about what you want to do, have the resources, and have others to bounce around ideas. I had to research a lot and read excerpts from math books I never thought I would ever read, but that was another outcome of working on this field trip that really stuck with me. I really appreciated being a part of making this field trip happen and had a blast showing kids how the nocturnal worked!! It was SO FUN!