Our first stop at the NS Savannah was a rare treat! They only open up the Savannah a couple times per year. To me, this nuclear ship from a different era was right out of a 1960s Sci-fi movie. I enjoyed every second of it. More importantly our students learned the pros and cons of nuclear energy and got a wonderful presentation from Stu Tobin on just what globalization is and how we are a part of it. Mr. Tobin talked about the globalization of not just oil, which we have been discussing at length in the classroom, but also Under Armor clothing! It was fascinating! Hopefully this will not only help us in our current project, "Create a Country", as students search for alternative of energy sources to use but also give us a broader view of what countries export and import. This will be invaluable as we continue our studies around the globe the rest of the year. Our tour guides who have been doing this for many years said this was the BEST behaved group they have ever had! In addition the City Schools News interviewed Sophie, Imani, Ericka and Michelle about their visit! We will let you know when they will be on TV!
We will be learning more about The War of 1812 in the second quarter. In particular we will focus on its legacy. There is a lot of misinformation about the reasons WHY the United States went to war with Britain. One of the biggest reasons is the right trade around the world. The long term implications of the agreements (Treaty of Ghent) after the war between Britain and the U.S. are still felt today. This ties in directly with what we will be learning about this year.As global citizens we need to understand how exports from the U.S. and imports to our country effect the entire world, not just ourselves. The issue of piracy has resurfaced, as well. The movie Captain Phillips highlights the reason why another "mark" was given to a U.S. company (to be a privateer) for the first time in 200 years! Amazing how some of the same issues we thought were in our past, are indeed cyclical.
A big thanks to our friends at the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the Port of Baltimore for organizing this event!
What do you know now about the Port of Baltimore that you did not know before the visit? What do you know about The War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore now that you did not know before the visit? What do you think was the most difficult task working aboard the NS Savannah? What do you think was the most difficult task working on the Baltimore Pride?