Middle School Trip to Dubai: A Fusion of Fun and Learning By Ken Davis Director of Marketing and Admissions Published: 2023-05-24 05:10:28 Last week, our middle school students embarked on an educational expedition to Dubai. Their journey was brimming with exploration, discovery, and hands-on learning experiences that went far beyond the classroom's four walls. From eco-sanctuaries to museums of the future, there was never a dull moment. The trip kicked off at the Green Planet, a bio-dome replicating a tropical rainforest. In this four-story ecosystem, they saw animals they had never seen before, such as sloths, toucans, and sugar gliders. Our students learned about the intricate web of life that sustains rainforests and the global environmental importance of preserving these vital habitats. A hidden gem within the bustling city was our next destination - the Museum of Illusions, nestled in the Old Souq. This establishment was a paradise for curious minds, with numerous rooms filled with mind-bending optical illusions, puzzles, and games. Here, students honed their critical thinking skills, learning to challenge perceptions and solve complex problems. By engaging in interactive, strategic games, our students demonstrated their ability to think outside the box and work collaboratively.The Museum of the Future was next on the itinerary, where students enjoyed a fascinating voyage into space exploration and future technologies, stirring their interest in STEAM fields. And they were off to the next place. The students went to the IMG indoor Amusement park, where they rode roller coasters and were allowed to just be children. Of course, no trip to Dubai would be complete without a day at the beach. The students reveled in the hot sun, refreshing water, and sandy shores. A special beachside scavenger hunt led them to discover crabs and fish, sparking discussions about marine life and coastal ecosystems. This day provided the perfect blend of relaxation, fun, and hands-on learning. The trip's highlight was Ski Dubai, where students enjoyed a snowy retreat in the desert, learning about balance and teamwork in an icy, exciting environment. Perhaps one of the most significant outcomes of this trip was the chance for our students to take on more responsibility. They took ownership of the journey, from checking in at the airport to managing their time and money at the events. They were allowed to make decisions, solve problems, and take charge of their learning experience, ultimately building confidence and independence. Our Middle School trip to Dubai was more than just a visit to an exotic location; it was an exploration into the realms of ecology, technology, critical thinking, and self-reliance. As we return to school, we bring back not only unforgettable memories but also a newfound sense of responsibility, curiosity, and a broader perspective on our global community.