Field Trips: Helpful or Hurtful?

Field Trips: Helpful or Hurtful?
Posted on 04/05/2019
Aviator at 97.9 The Box Article by: Drayton Turner

Nothing beats an exciting hands on experience to deepen learning. The magic of a field trip isn't just the subject. It's the break in routine and adventure that opens up children's minds to new things. 

Although there is much to be learned in the standard uniform classroom setting, field trips provide opportunities for a more hands on and engaged method of learning. They provide experiences that can’t normally be gained in the traditional classroom environment because not only are they fun, they allow students to leave school and still be able to learn about the place they go to.

For example: everyone knows and loves Keisha Nicole as one of the most influential voices of 97.9 The Box but not many people know that her career as the legendary broadcast journalist known as Keisha Nicole, started on a field trip in which she brought her résumé and had it in her back pocket and left it with one of the secretaries at the radio station. From there she received an internship and her career took off from there. This opportunity wouldn't have happened if she didn't experience something outside the classroom. 

In addition to this, for us students in Aviator, field trips have given us insight into the world of Broadcast Journalism. We’ve visited two radio stations, and a studio where a daily news show is filmed. We’ve been able to witness firsthand the intricacies associated with producing media. We learned about all the factors that come into play when operating one of the most listened to radio stations in Houston. We explored the different departments that fuel the flame that is 97.9 The Box.

We met some of our journalistic idols and were able to listen to some of their stories and how got their start in journalism. When we went to Great Day Houston we were able to witness the men and women who filmed the show we watched the segments and and learned the importance of an audience coordinator. We toured the facility and we spoke with the host about her start in the industry as well. Overall field trips are just as informative as they are fun.

In Aviator, the field trips we take always leave us journalists wanting more so that we can truly see what life will be like for us once we get into the “real world.”