Field trip teaches math, history and physics

Students traveled to Cape Henlopen State Park for an upper school experiential trip this week. They had a guided tour of Battery 519 at Fort Miles where they learned about the mathematics of firing at enemy ships in a replica of the fort's plotting room, explored how half-ton shells were filled and transported to the guns, and experienced a simulation of the sound produced when a shell was fired from the bunker. Students also hiked through the park's maritime forest, dunes, and beach, searching for and taking photos of patterns in nature such as symmetry, waves, spirals, and tessellations. Finally, students put physics principles like velocity, drag, lift, and spin into action on the park's Disc Golf course in a friendly, but fierce competition.