BFA 8th Grade Class Explores Mariners’ Museum in Virtual Field Trip

Target 3: Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.

In the final days of school, the 8th grade students in Ben Psaros social studies class have been hard at work, digging into the political, economical, and social differences between the Northern, Southern, and Western regions of American in early to mid-19th Century.

To further their learning, the students toured the Mariners’ Museum in Virginia and looked specifically at the Battle of Hampton Roads, Virginia. In an in-depth, virtual field trip students discussed America’s first naval battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Merrimack/Virginia.


The class looked at scaled models of the two ships, dissected and analyzed artifacts restored from the Chesapeake Bay battle site, and asked pertinent questions regarding the American Civil War.


It is exciting that our students can access a wealth of relevant, engaging learning experiences, such as the Mariners Museum exhibit, without ever leaving the classroom. This is how learning in the digital-age can deepen content knowledge and understanding. Technology is a tremendous tool for ensuring equitable learning opportunities and resources for all students.

These 8th graders had a blast and the virtual field trip from VT to VA was a blast! 

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