‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes’ on the USS Yorktown

11/15/2012
Field Trip Destination
CINDY CLARK

You are cleared for an unforgettable landing as you explore and experience the ship affectionately known as the “Fighting Lady” — the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point on Charleston Harbor. The Institute of History, Science and Technology provides a full range of History and Science educational programs on board the Yorktown. Our programs use the Yorktown and its estuarine environment as hands-on “real life” teaching stations, and are designed to capitalize on the “awe” factor of the massive aircraft carrier and its natural surroundings.

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Education and inspiration go hand-in-hand at Patriots Point, whether it’s meeting an actual veteran or respectfully walking through our Medal of Honor Museum, with its stories of many “Ordinary Citizens Doing Extraordinary Things Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.”

Join us year-round for our “truly historic” hands-on, interactive educational journeys. We provide programs for:

  • School Groups
  • Homeschoolers
  • Youth Groups,
  • Church Groups
  • Youth Groups
  • Educators
  • Community and Business Leaders

History, Literacy and More — New Developments at Patriots Point

Patriots Point is pleased to announce the release of our program textbook, Oscar I AM; Harry I WAS?! Through its characters and their stories, the book covers 100 percent of South Carolina’s History and Science Standards for fifth grade. In the science portion of the book, students follow “Oxygen Oscar” in his adventures through the South Carolina watershed. In the history portion of the book, students follow “Harry,” and his family as they experience the “truly historical” events from the Civil War to present day America.

During this past summer Patriots Point’s Institute of History, Science and Technology (IHST) also implemented the first Teacher’s Institute in which teachers received 20 re-certification credits to attend our two day seminar. Not only were teachers trained in the programs, but they also had the option to spend the night aboard the WWII aircraft carrier Yorktown. This program received the approval of the South Carolina State Department of Education. Teachers are already asking when they can register for next summer’s event.

The newest program, which is soon to be “launched,” is our Eighth Grade Leadership Institute. This program will concentrate on the areas of Patriotism, Problem Solving and the incorporation of Career Clusters. The young people who attend will take on the actual roles needed to perform their specific mission based on the Doolittle Raiders’ Math Problem that has been developed. This standard-based, STEM-centered day program will excite, educate and inspire. It is composed of three stations for a total of about 2.5 hours.

  • Station I-“Medal of Honor Museum-Where Patriotism is more than just a word!!!”(Character Development)
  • Station II-“People, Places and Living Spaces!!!” (Careers on board the ship)
  • Station III- “Doolittle Flight Challenge Center” (Careers and Math, Science)
— Ship’s Combat Information Center or CIC (Ship’s CO, Navigator, Weather, Radar, Sound Powered Phone Talker)
— Ship’s Primary Flight Control or PRI-FLY (Air Boss, Launch Officer, Ordinance/Fuel Support Officer, Aircraft Handler and Sound Powered Phone Talker)
— Doolittle Crew Center(Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Bombardier and Radioman)

For the upcoming year, Patriots Point IHST will expand day programs to provide options to be overnight programs. Since more than 50 percent of Patriots Point students visit from two or more hours away, teachers are excited at this additional option to extend their time and educational experiences. The “awe” factor of sleeping aboard the “Fighting Lady” is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The additional time allows for extended programs such as astronomy, taught under the stars on the ship’s flight deck. Students eat their meals in the mess deck once used by the enlisted crew; sleep in the actual crew berthing areas; and experience first-hand the challenges faced by Navy sailors.

Whether young or old, students and other visitors are cleared for an unforgettable landing as they explore and experience every facet of the aircraft carrier. Education and inspiration go hand-in-hand at Patriots Point, whether it’s meeting an actual veteran or respectfully walking through our Medal of Honor Museum, with its stories of many “Ordinary Citizens Doing Extraordinary Things Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.” Eating on the same food trays as the naval crews of long ago, or watching one of our live footage movies, insures a unique appreciation of past generations.

Visit Patriots Point and “Walk in the Steps of Heroes.”

Cindy Clark is an Education Specialist at the Patriots Point Development Authority. For more information, visit www.patriotspoint.org.
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