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Educational Opportunities at Epcot for Homeschoolers

Educational Opportunities at Epcot for Homeschoolers

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As a homeschooling family, you know that learning doesn’t stop because the text books are put away. We seek out opportunities for our children to learn every day; whether it be a life skill like getting the oil changed in your car or reinforcing what you’ve been studying by pointing out real-life correlations. There’s no reason for learning to stop when you’re on vacation either.

Ok, don’t throw the rotten tomatoes at me! I’m not talking about dragging your encyclopedia with you or having the kids do worksheets every night before bed. What I am suggesting is that there are many opportunities for your children to learn new things while on vacation, if you just look for them.

Disney World is widely considered the most popular family vacation destination and for homeschooler with kids at Walt Disney World there are a multitude of opportunities to teach. Every Park has its educational points as Disney heritage involves as much about education as it is about entertaining.

You can bring your kids into the planning process of your vacation. Depending on how old they are, you can ask them to research and compare flights, create a route using Google maps, help plan and prepare snacks or entertainment or ask high schoolers to keep track of the budget.

A quick real-life economics activity would be have your older students help allocate the budget for entertainment and tickets. Have them research the various ticket options on the Disney World website and compare the to OrlandoFunTickets.com. (spoiler alert: if you’re planning on spending three or more days in the parks, get them in advance online. The savings really add up!)

Once you get to the parks, the educational opportunities present themselves, if you’re keeping an eye out for them.

Educational Opportunities at Epcot for Homeschoolers

The very basis of Disneyland was how facts and fantasy combine to bring about the potential realities of tomorrow. There is no better place to find this philosophy in action than Epcot. Educational opportunities at Epcot are part of the nucleus of the entire theme park.

Epcot Education

Walt Disney established the groundwork for Walt Disney World by creating his own municipality. It was based on his optimistic view of the future. His desire was to apply his philosophy of optimal behaviorism to his growing mastery of urban design. In so doing, he would create a new kind of prototypical city that would lead the way for the rest of the country. Various aspects of his unique vision tease us from around Walt Disney World; but when Epcot was created it pointed to many of those ideals. At the same time it celebrated Walt Disney’s experience with world’s fairs.

The resulting park is a permanent world’s fair that is subject to change as new possibilities immerse for our future. World showcase connects us to various cultures and Future World teaches young and old alike. Educational elements have been laced throughout even Epcot’s most thrilling adventures. For kids, there is much to explore and discover.

Invention and Discovery Chart

Though there is no official name (some call them science discs or science circles) and most people pass right over it without a thought, this chart is an incredible educational tool. This chart is part of the ground you walk on as you exit the breezeway on your path to the attractions of Future World West. Although three pavilions lie ahead, you should stop to observe this fascinating chart. One of the best educational opportunities at Epcot, it chronicles inventions and discoveries throughout recorded time. Each disc in the floor includes an important scientific event. These events include the year, the inventor/discoverer, the country and the era in which this took place. You could even take pictures of each one and turn them into flash cards.

Educational Attractions at Epcot for Homeschoolers

Educational Rides at Epcot

Living with the Land is one of the most educational attractions in Epcot, because it gives a brief history of ecosystems and then a tour of agricultural techniques. The attraction emphasis the science behind growing food and the ways we can responsibly cultivate the land to create more food with fewer resources and less strain on the environment.

Spaceship Earth is the most straightforward educational attraction. It’s pure purpose is to teach guests about the history of communication. What an amazing story this is! It sweeps you through the ages from cave paintings to the internet using three dimensional tableaus to illustrate each new development in history. The finale of the ride offers an optimistic glimpse of the future based on the interests of each set of riders.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends may seem like it lacks substance, but beyond the fun characters and the entertainment, there is real education to be had at this aquarium. observe manatees, dolphins, sharks and more as you explore a simulation sea base. Special tours are available at an extra cost that include swimming in the giant tank for SCUBA and non SCUBA certified guests.

Educational Shows at Epcot

Reflections of China is a circle vision film in the China Pavilion at the World Showcase. This 360 presentation provides stunning and poetic imagery that displays remnants of the ancient past and the modern cityscapes that reflect their origins.

The American Adventure is an impressive show that presents the history of the United States in  a nutshell. Told from the perspectives of Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin this moving and educational show features an impressive use of sets and audio animatronics that rivals any classic Disney attraction.

Impressions de France is a film that provides an overview of the diverse regions of France and what it must be like to live there. It’s a treat for the eyes and a more casual presentation, but it shares much about French Culture just off of the impressions the film gives.

O Canada is another circle vision film. The aim of this production is to open your eyes to the wonder and diversity of Canadian geography and culture. Martin Short gives an engaging tour of all that Canada has to offer.

Educational Galleries and Exhibits at Epcot

Norway has an exhibit inside of the Stare Church midway through the pavilion. It’s a small gallery that features Norse mythology. Dioramas depict Norwegian gods in scenes from the myths, illustrating some of the stories found in the gallery.

America has a gallery dedicated to the art of Native Americans. This is a gallery inside the main show building next to the lobby. It’s an ideal way to make use of your time before the theater opens up for the next performance.

Morocco has yet another gallery. This one is easy to pass because the small building has closed doors and very little signage. Inside is an exhibit on the art of adornment, featuring various dress and accessories for Moroccan rituals, customs and traditions.

These are just some of the many educational opportunities to explore in Epcot. Disney World isn’t the only place to find educational opportunities while on vacation. If you’re looking for it, you can find educational value almost anywhere.  Do you know of any secrets or tips that I left out? Share them in the comments below and tell me what you would like to know about next!

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Free Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan

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To utilize time well in the homeschool classroom, I often try to integrate different curricular areas into my lessons. That’s why I love using STEAM lessons! STEAM lessons incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to help your child receive a well-rounded education and develop their strengths. STEAM is also about incorporating futuristic ideas and design thinking. Your child is developing skills that will help them in the future. They may enter a career that doesn’t exist yet. The world of robotics is making so many things possible!

Here’s a robotics STEAM lesson plan to try with your student!

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan

Lesson: Robotics

Grade Level(s): 7-9

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan Introduction:

One of the strongest movements in the STEAM field is robotics. Allow your child to research innovative designs made possible because of advancements in the field of robotics. Career fields involving robotics are definite opportunities for young learners as they enter the future work world. For starters, students can learn to create their own robots with helpful STEAM resources found on hoopla digital.

This lesson begins with a video, ”What Will the Future Be Like?”. Then, your child will spend time researching careers in robotics with an engaging text book, Robotics Careers. Finally, your student will create a robot with simple materials you can find at home. The lesson should take about 5-6 hours to complete.

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan Materials:

Robotics STEAM Lesson Plan Procedure:

STEP ONE:

Watch ”What Will the Future Be Like?” PBS video. The approximately hour-long video, released in 2013, has some futuristic inventions that may be close to reality in 2019. Use this video to discuss what robotics has done to innovate education and the work world. What jobs could be replaced by robots? What does that mean for your child as they look for future-ready careers? What innovations are they the most excited about? What ideas would they create to help the future of communication, education, medicine and more?

STEP TWO:

Now that your child has explored the future with robotics and other innovative tools, have them look into careers related to robotics. Even though some careers are becoming obsolete because of robots, the future with robots is responsible for creating many jobs that don’t even exist yet! Have your child research Robotics Careers through the book of the same name. Your student may also choose to use reputable websites and reach out to engineers, computer scientists, and others in the field of robotics. Have your child fill out the graphic organizer as they explore the different occupations in the robotics field.

STEP THREE:

It’s time to create! After exploring futuristic ideas and careers, let your learner make their own robot from projects in Robotify It! Robots You Can Make Yourself. Make a bouncy solar bugbot with the directions on pages 10-13 in the book. Although the text is also appropriate for elementary students, middle level students will enjoy creating these unique robots with objects found at home. Your homeschooler will love this hands-on, engaging activity. Explore other robot creations in the book as well.

Materials Needed:

  • Book, Robotify It! Robots You Can Make Yourself
  • plastic lids or bowls
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • craft foam
  • pushpin
  • ruler
  • solar cell with wires
  • double-stick adhesive foam
  • needle-nose pliers
  • three paper clips
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • wire stripper
  • vibrating DC motor with wires
  • electrical tape
  • clear tape
  • googly eyes
  • chenille stems
  • pom poms

Follow the simple procedure on pages 10-13 to make a robotic bug powered by sunlight in 13 easy steps.

This lesson plan gives your child an opportunity to research through video, nonfiction text, and hands-on learning. Give it a try in your classroom for your next STEAM integrated unit!

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